Well, the announcement was going to be around 5 P.M. EST, but it’s leaked. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is formally signing off on an impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump after he spoke to the Ukrainians, reportedly trying to coerce the political leadership there to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden on corruption charges. This was dredged up after a whistleblower came forward to the intelligence community inspector general, though it’s based on anonymous second-hand sources. The whistleblower didn’t even listen in on the calls, and it’s not the intelligence community’s job to snitch on the president. The president can say whatever he wants to another foreign leader. Period. And now, before anyone has read the transcript of the call, the House Democrats are launching a full-blown impeachment push. It’s not shocking. This was going to happen eventually. They had to do this; this is why the Democrats retook the House in 2018. So, fix bayonets, everyone. This is going to get bloody (via NYT):
PELOSI in the closed dem caucus meeting: this is a “moment of truth”— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 24, 2019
It’s a great idea to plunge the country into the impeachment abyss without even first having seen the transcript of the alleged impeachable conduct. This will go really well— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 24, 2019
Congratulations to cable news, who will be the primary financial beneficiaries of impeachment. Rachel Maddow is currently doing the "cha cha" dance— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 24, 2019
Let the meltdown begin https://t.co/38ANBhvgKK— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 24, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to announce a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump today. https://t.co/XZ2SarKKrb via WSPA7— Amy Wood 7 News (@TVAmy) September 24, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to announce a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over the president's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. https://t.co/yNyRhBObDi— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 24, 2019
Pelosi has told democrats they’re moving to impeach the president.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 24, 2019
ADAM SCHIFF to the closed dem meeting: “Gone from bad to worse to worst yet”— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 24, 2019
Now lawmakers are at the mics, making statements and asking questions. Lots of talk about staying on message and keeping comments focused on need to impeach — not process.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 24, 2019
NEW: in the closed dem meeting, jerry nadler — judiciary chairman — urges speed in the impeachment process. He says his committee will he making decisions. He says they DONT want to go into 2020.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 24, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to announce on Tuesday that the House will begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump, Democrats close to her said, taking decisive action in response to startling allegations that the president sought to enlist a foreign power for his own political gain.
After months of caution, Ms. Pelosi has become convinced that Mr. Trump’s reported actions, and his administration’s refusal to share details about the matter with Congress, left the House no alternative but to move forward with an inquiry that has the potential to reshape his presidency and cleave an already divided nation just a year before he plans to stand for re-election. The people close to her confirmed her plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose a decision that could still change.
The announcement was expected at 5 p.m. in her Capitol office, after Ms. Pelosi was to hold a private meeting with House Democrats.
At issue are allegations that Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his son. The conversation is said to be part of a whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress.
Folks, we all knew this was going to happen. As for Pelosi, well, she has to know this isn’t going anywhere in the Republican Senate. Also, what if the more moderate Democrats, the ones who won in more conservative-leaning districts decide to defect and vote against an impeachment measure? This whole circus is now officially coming to town. It’s going to get nasty.
Pelosi said the actions of the Trump White House were a violation of law concerning the administration blocking the intelligence community IG from turning over this complaint. She invoked some history lecture about the 1787 Constitutional Convention to frame this as a move that seeks to protect our republic from Trump. On Thursday, that complaint from the whistleblower will come due for being turned over to Congress. She finally announced her support for an impeachment inquiry. She did not take any questions from the press.
Of course, President Trump took to Twitter, aptly calling this effort "witch hunt garbage."
Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff and, of course, Maxine Waters! Can you believe this?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage. So bad for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019