On Tuesday, September 24, Nancy Pelosi made the announcement, "Today I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," she said in a press conference.
After mounting pressure from the public, Pelosi says, “no one is above the law.” She continues, "I can say with authority, the Trump Administration's actions undermine both our national security and our intelligence and the protections of the whistleblowers. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections."
The times have found us. The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. pic.twitter.com/cHq7zgKJ1g— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 24, 2019
The move puts the Democrats’ highest ranking Congressional leaders’ stamp on investigations that have already been underway in the House.
This announcement comes after a call the president made to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, that raised alarm from at least one intelligence official, who filed a whistleblower complaint immediately after. While the full text of the complaint has not been made public, multiple sources have reported that on the call, Trump pushed Ukraine’s government to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, in an apparent attempt to smear his father’s 2020 presidential campaign. Trump, reportedly, hoped to uncover corruption which may have consisted of the former Vice President withholding at least $250 million in military aid in an apparent quid pro quo. Currently, no evidence exists to support this claim.
After administration officials refused to hand over the full whistleblower complaint, the House Intelligence Committee is reportedly in talks with the whistleblower’s legal council and has been informed that the whistleblower is interested in testifying to the committee, as early as this week. The Senate has since voted 100-0 to release Trump’s whistleblower complaint when it is handed over, per U.S. law.
Black Democratic members of Congress also took to social media to share their thoughts on the major development from House leadership. See what they had to say below:
When the history books are written about this tumultuous era, I want them to show that I was among those in the House of Representatives who stood up to lawlessness and tyranny.— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) September 24, 2019
Read my statement supporting impeachment: https://t.co/xppt73HN6k
We’re trying, Mr. President. We’re trying. https://t.co/xBHNlorStA— Alma S. Adams (@RepAdams) September 24, 2019
As I said back in February: impeachment is inevitable.— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) September 24, 2019
When a President openly violates the Constitution of the United States of America, we have a duty to uphold that Constitution. This is about preserving our democracy. https://t.co/WGd7ZeOGQK
In 2016, Trump welcomed foreign adversaries to meddle in our democracy for his own gain. Now he appears to be using the same playbook to remain in power. I applaud Speaker Pelosi's announcement of an impeachment inquiry—it’s our one remaining path to ensuring justice is served.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 24, 2019
There are so many reasons why impeachment proceedings must begin, I had to bring a list. pic.twitter.com/fWyrUtBaIr— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 24, 2019
The future of our democracy is at stake. I truly believe the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To do otherwise would betray the foundations of our democracy.— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) September 24, 2019
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