Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment

WASHINGTON (USA Today): – The House will begin a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday, the culmination of a months-long investigative battle between Democrats and the White House that finally came to a head over the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to go after Joe Biden.

“The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law,” said Pelosi, who accused Trump of betraying his oath of office and endangering national security.

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” she said, “especially when the president says ‘I can do whatever I want.'”

Democrats have expressed alarm over an August complaint from an unnamed official in the intelligence community who expressed concerns over Trump’s contacts with Ukraine. On July 25, Trump had a phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky to urge him to fight corruption. He has acknowledged bringing up Biden in that conversation.

Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani have been pushing Ukraine to investigate Burisma Group, a Ukrainian energy company where the vice president’s son Hunter served on the board of directors.

During the time period when Trump and Zelensky spoke, the Trump administration was holding up millions of dollars in military aid approved by Congress.

Trump, who was attending the United Nations summit in New York, said an impeachment inquiry would cause Democrats to lose the election in 2020.

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