"Today, I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I'm directing our 6 committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella ... The president must be held accountable.No one is above the law "
Speaker Pelosi and other establishment Democrats have long resisted calls from progressives to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump, even after the Mueller Report and other controversies.
How did we get here?:
On August 28:
Politico reports that Trump refused to give $250 million in military aide to Ukraine because “in order to ensure the money is being used in the best interest of the United States.”
On September 5th:
The Washington post editorial board wrote "He [Trump] is attempting to force Mr. Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by launching an investigation of the leading Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Mr. Trump is not just soliciting Ukraine’s help with his presidential campaign; he is using U.S. military aid the country desperately needs in an attempt to extort it."
On September 9th:
Three House Committees opened investigations into reported efforts by President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and possibly others to pressure the government of Ukraine to assist the President’s reelection campaign.
On September 18th:
The Washington Post reported that a whistle-blower complaint was filed alleging President Trump made some sort of "promise" to a foreign leader during a phone call.
On September 19th:
The Washington Post reported the complaint involves Ukraine.
On September 20th:
Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he talked with the Ukrainian President about Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.
On September 23rd:
WAPO reported "Trump suggested that there would be nothing wrong with him withholding funding to a country such as Ukraine if it refused to root out “corruption”."
On September 23th:
Trump confirmed that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July phone call to investigate former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory. It was largely corruption—all of the corruption taking place. It was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, creating to [sic] the corruption already in the Ukraine,” - Trump at the U.N.G.A
The White House announced plans to release the transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Biden says "This president should stop stonewalling."
Rep. John Lewis, who has been hesitant to start impeachment processing, is now calling for an inquiry to began.
Bernie Sanders via Twitter "I hope the judiciary committee... will began the impeachment process"
In the letter dated Sept 9th:
The letter alleges that Council-member Pearce "violated the Political Reform Act’s conflict of interest provision and Statement of Economic Interests disclosure requirements" over allegedly accepting payments and not fully disclosing the money from "business entities owned or controlled by Daniel Zaharoni".
Mr. Zaharoni is a property developer and attorney, who is, according to his LinkedIn page, the chief developer at Urban Commons a "privately-held real estate investment and development firms" that has multiple properties including the Queen Mary Hotel.
Here's the Complaint:
According to the Press-Telegram, an independent review of Pearce’s sources of income and her votes while on the panel found she violated Long Beach municipal's conflict-of-interest policy.
The person who filed the complaint is Ian Patton, a Long Beach area political consultant, who served as the recall’s campaign manager against Pearce in 2018.
Council-member Pearce will be notified within days whether the F.P.P.C would either open a investigation, assign the complaint to another agency; or the commission won't take any action at all.
Updated: Nov 13, 2019
According to the L.B.P.D, the alleged suspect was being followed by undercover LBPD officers. The suspect later identified as 18-year-old Jordan Michael Griffin, was wearing dark clothing and a mask, pointing a fake gun at the store clerk.
The police department asserts that Griffin was ordered to drop his weapon, but "the suspect failed to comply with the officer's orders" and that Griffin turned toward the officers "with gun in hand" and was fatally shot by the gaggle of undercover police.
Here's the Footage:
According to the L.B.P.D, A bystander suffered a minor injury to his upper body when he was struck by a ricochet bullet from an L.B.P.D officers' firearm, during the September 19th robbery of a Long Beach area 7-Eleven.
One of the main suspects of the September 19th armed robbery at Seven-Eleven, Devontae Moore, a 22-year-old resident of Long Beach, is currently being held on a $450,000 bail and was formally charged with; six counts of robbery, one count of attempt robbery, one count of attempt burglary, and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the LBPD, on Thursday, September 19th, an officer shot and killed an armed suspect they said was trying to rob a business on the 5100 block of East Pacific Coast Highway near the Traffic Circle area of Long Beach.
In the course of surveilling a Nissan Altima, believed to have been involved in a series of armed robberies earlier in the week, when an adult male exited the Altima and entered a 7-Eleven on the 5100 block of East Pacific Coast Highway.
The officers followed the suspect into the convenience store and ordered the suspect to drop his gun and surrender and according to the LBPD "the suspect failed to comply and an officer-involved shooting occurred".
A second suspect was also arrested, he was later identified as 22-year-old Devontae Moore of Long Beach, who was in the parked Altima was taken into custody and later charged with robbery and is being held on $350,000 bail.