Speaker Pelosi announces formal impeachment proceedings into President Trump

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a formal announcement Tuesday that the House of Representatives was beginning a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

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The announcement came after the president admitted to asking the President of Ukraine to “get dirt” on his political rival, Former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who was working in the former-Soviet block country in 2014.

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This move, Pelosi said, would benefit Trump politically.

Related: Connecticut’s Murphy, Blumenthal calls for impeachment probe

Pelosi said in a press conference Tuesday:

“The actions taken – to date – by the president have seriously violated the constitution, especially when the president says article 2 says ‘I can do whatever I want.’

For the past several months we have been investigating in our committees and litigating in the courts so the House can gather all the relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full article 1 powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity of articles of impeachment.

And this week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically.

The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. 

Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”

– Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi

Trump tweeted shortly after Pelosi’s announcement, “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!”

Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-D, 5th District) released a statement shortly after Pelosi’s announcement, standing behind the Speaker’s decision saying, “The actions of this president lead me to no other conclusion than to support formal impeachment proceedings.”

Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes (CT-D, 4th District) reiterated his previous support for the impeachment inquiry saying, “I listened to my constituents and came to the conclusion Donald Trump had committed numerous impeachable offenses.”

“While the situation remains murky, public reports indicate President Trump asked the Ukrainian President to investigate Joe Biden and his son, seemingly to help Trump’s own 2020 re-election campaign. Further reporting says Trump reportedly ordered a hold on $400 million in aid to Ukraine before this call.

Let me be perfectly clear.

Threatening to withhold aid from a foreign leader to get them to do your political dirty work is extortion. Abusing the assets of the United States of America and the public trust is corruption.

This is an impeachable offense.

The Acting Director of National Intelligence has so far refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint deemed urgent and credible about this matter, in direct violation of the law. This Thursday, he will testify before my committee, the House Intelligence Committee, in a public hearing so the American people will get some answers. I encourage all of you to watch as we hold this administration accountable for this latest lawless action.”

– Congressman Jim Himes

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