United States President Donald Trump may finally be facing impeachment, after years of threats from Democrats. While much of the party was pushing for impeachment since the election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in the position to make the final call, and she has been dragging her feet all along, insisting that keeping peace within the halls of government was the best strategy.
NBC reported that Pelosi has had a change of heart, and will be opening a formal impeachment filing. The information was first leaked by two staffers who work closely with the speaker. The sources said that Pelosi would be announcing a formal inquiry this week, which will begin the filing process for impeachment proceedings. Shortly after these rumors were leaked, Pelosi gave the following press conference confirming the rumors.
BREAKING: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls for formal impeachment inquiry #MTPDaily Pelosi: "Therefore today I am announcing the House of Representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
BREAKING: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls for formal impeachment inquiry #MTPDailyPelosi: "Therefore today I am announcing the House of Representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
Posted by Meet the Press on Tuesday, September 24, 2019
It is possible that Pelosi was influenced by the growing number of democrats that are supporting a move to impeachment. According to the most recent numbers, more than 75% of Democrats in the caucus are in support of an impeachment inquiry.
Trump responded to the move for impeachment by saying that he thinks it will help his chances of winning the 2020 election, but he also believes that it would be bad for the country, although he did not elaborate on those comments.
A poll last week revealed that over 175 Democrats are in support of impeachment which represents three-quarters of the caucus, which is made up of 235 members.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, also a Democrat, said in a statement after the announcement that he believes House Speaker Pelosi is handling the situation appropriately.
The renewed interest in impeachment is a response to news that recently surfaced indicating that President Trump may have used federal aid packages as bargaining chips with Ukrainian officials.
Trump even seemed to admit that he asked officials in Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son, presumably in return for the aid package, but denies that there was any kind of bribe or pressure that took place. After the move for impeachment was announced, Trump reiterated that he put no pressure on Ukranian leaders, but said that he could have, and that he doesn’t think it would have been a very big deal if he did.
Sources close to Speaker Pelosi say that she views this issue with Ukraine as a matter of national security.
The federal military aid deal in question was worth roughly $400 million and was discussed between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call in July. Trump says that the reason for the call was to try to get other European nations involved in the deal so the United States did not have to be the sole contributor.
In the wake of the recent allegations against him, Donald Trump has promised to release a full and unredacted transcript of the phone call, to prove that no illegal activity, bribery, or pressure took place during the discussion. Trump admits to bringing up the Biden family and their political rivarly, but intends to prove that this was not mentioned in a transactional way, and was in no way connected to the federal aid package.