Pelosi Announced Impeachment Inquiry into Trump over Ukraine Scandal
"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.