Pelosi announces impeachment probe into Trump


Pelosi spent months trying to keep an impeachment inquiry at bay

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government’s help in his reelection bid.

The decision sets up an election season clash between Trump and Congress that seems certain to exacerbate the nation’s fierce partisan divides and inject deep uncertainty into the 2020 presidential contest.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, walks past the media after attending a closed door caucus meeting about impeachment, Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Pelosi was huddling with her caucus Tuesday afternoon and planned to announce the impeachment probe in a statement following the meeting. Her plans were confirmed by a person familiar with her thinking, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Pelosi had spent months trying to keep an impeachment inquiry at bay. But her position became untenable this week as more members — including crucial moderates in political swing districts — swung in favor of a probe following reports that Trump pushed Ukraine’s leader for help investigating Democrat Joe Biden and his son during a summer phone call.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., reads a statement announcing a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump said he had authorized the release of a transcript of the call on Wednesday.

“You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call,” Trump said.

Once Pelosi was finished speaking, Trump went to Twitter to express his thoughts on the announcement. In one tweet, he wrote “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT.”

Shortly after, he posted a video of his known critics discussing impeachment, such as Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ilhan Omar. The video ended with the line “While Democrats Sole Focus is fighting Trump, President Trump is fighting for you.”

KOIN 6 News contributed to this Associated Press story. KOIN 6 News will continue to cover it.

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