House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the country that President Donald J. Trump “must be held accountable” and greenlighted an official impeachment inquiry late this afternoon.
Pelosi was reluctant on pushing forward with impeachment. However, she made the move forward after Trump asked Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to intervene in the upcoming election.
During the press conference, Pelosi said, “this week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions Ukraine that would benefit him politically.”
Trump told aides to hold military from Ukraine one week before his phone call with Zelensky, according to CNN. In exchange Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
The intelligence committee told Congress that the Trump administration was “forbidding” a whistleblower complaint about Trump.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, a betrayal of national security, betrayal of integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said. “Therefore today I’m announcing the House of Representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
Pelosi said they asked Trump to turn in a transcript of the call by tomorrow.
The House will be voting on a resolution tomorrow that shows Congress disapproves of the Trump administration not releasing the whistleblower complaint, according to a statement from Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer.
Pelosi and Hoyer also want protection of the whistleblower.
Trump immediately reacted to the announcement with a few tweets.
“Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage. So bad for our Country!” he wrote.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee and R-Oklahoma, also wants the “Pelosi Democrats” to stop.
“Will they ever stop this witch hunt?” he wrote. “This is nothing more than a distraction from their failed socialist agenda. The American people deserve better than this ridiculous charade.”
But Pelosi and Hoyer disagree.
“This is not a partisan matter, it’s about the integrity of our democracy, respect for the rule of law and defending our Constitution,” they said in a statement. “We hope that all Members of the House – Democrats and Republicans alike – will join in upholding the rule of law and oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution as Representatives of the American people.”
A count by CNN showed that 161 Democrats support the impeachment inquiry process and one Independent.
In U.S history, only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1869 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Both were impeached by the House but not convicted by the Senate after trial. Former President Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.
The word “impeach” was trending on the Merriam-Webster Dictionary today. It showed a spike of 3,600 percent.