House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces official impeachment inquiry of Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces official impeachment inquiry of Trump

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched the House into a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

She gave in to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunged a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the commander in chief.

The probe centres on whether President Trump abused his powers and sought help from a foreign government for his re-election, actions Ms Pelosi said would mark a “betrayal of his oath of office”.

She declared: “No one is above the law.”

Ms Pelosi had long resisted pursuing impeachment, but her caucus moved swiftly in favour of a probe in recent days following reports that President Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic foe Joe Biden and his son.

Her decision sets up her party’s most urgent and consequential confrontation with a president who thrives on combat, and it injects deep uncertainty in the 2020 White House race.

President Trump reacted swiftly to the announcement.

Ahead of his meeting with world leaders at the United Nations, he tweeted that “the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage. So bad for our Country”.

He added in further tweets: “They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt.”

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