WASHINGTON (AP/WROC) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday from the speaker’s office at the Capitol saying “no one is above the law.”
The move puts the Democratic speaker’s stamp on the investigations that have been underway in the House.
Calls for an impeachment inquiry have intensified following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government’s help in his reelection bid.
Pelosi says the president “must be held accountable.”
“Actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution,” the House speaker said.
Shortly thereafter Trump responded on Twitter:
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.
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 has 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.
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.
Earlier Tuesday, Congressman Joe Morelle (D-25) announced his support for a formal impeachment inquiry.