United States Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Speaker’s move was amid allegations that Donald Trump violated the Constitution in seeking help from a foreign leader to damage political opponents, Joe Biden and his son. Pelosi charged him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by attempting to use a foreign power to tarnish a rival.
“Today, I am announcing the House of Representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. The President must be held accountable. No one is above the law. Actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution,” CNN Television quoted Pelosi as saying in a brief address at the Capitol.
Pelosi's move came after Trump’s admission that he urged the Ukrainian president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination who holds a wide lead over Trump, in a potential general election matchup.
The revelation prompted a rush of moderate House Democrats to call for an impeachment inquiry into Trump. The confrontation between the Democratic-led House and Trump is likely to further divide a polarized nation ahead of the 2020 election while carrying implications for both parties.
It is learnt that the White House may announce plans to release on Wednesday the transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Responding to the Speaker Pelosi’s unprecedented movie, Donald Trump immediately lashed out at the Democrats, tweeting, "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!".