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Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry against Trump

By Mo Juenger | Staff Writer

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President Donald Trump gives his third address to the U.N. after agreeing to release the Ukrainian President Donald Trump gives his third address to the U.N. after agreeing to release the Ukrainian call transcript.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry yesterday of President Donald Trump. This occurred after Trump agreed to release the transcript of a July 25th call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenksy.

An anonymous whistleblower complaint alleged that during the July phone call, Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate currently unsubstantiated corruption claims regarding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s connection to the Ukrainian oil industry. Days before the phone call, Trump froze an unconfirmed amount in aid to Ukraine.

California representative and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff announced that the whistleblower would like to speak with them regarding the complaint. “We’re in touch with (their) counsel and look forward to the whistleblower’s testimony as soon as this week,” Schiff tweeted Tuesday afternoon.  

Trump openly stated that he discussed the possibility of corruption related to Biden’s Ukrainian ties during the call but denied any wrongdoing in this action. “Why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?” Trump said of withholding of aid.

“(I) have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unreacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine,” Trump announced last night on Twitter.

Trump has still adamantly declined to release the contents of the whistleblower’s complaint to Congress or the public.

“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said.

After a Tuesday evening House Democrats meeting, Pelosi emphasized that Trump had violated the Constitution and that the president must not be considered above the law.

According to a Tuesday night census by the New York Times, 203 House members support the impeachment inquiry, 88 do not or are undecided, and 144 have not yet responded.