WASHINGTON (WSAV) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the development after she met with House chairmen and members of the Democratic caucus Tuesday afternoon.
She called reports indicating that Trump pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate Joe Biden’s family “a betrayal of our national security” and a “betrayal of our election.”
“Therefore today, I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi said, adding, “I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigation under that umbrella of an impeachment inquiry. The President must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”
The president tweeted shortly after the announcement, saying: “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!”
“PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” he also tweeted.
Earlier Tuesday, the president said he would release a transcript of his phone call with Ukraine’s president on Wednesday.
“You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call,” Trump tweeted. “No pressure.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called Pelosi’s move “a rush to judgment.”
“It comes despite the fact that the committee-level proceedings are already underway to address the whistleblower allegations through a fair, bipartisan, and regular process,” he stated, adding, “It simply confirms that House Democrats’ priority is not making life better for the American people but their nearly three-year-old fixation on impeachment.”
Local lawmakers react
Prior to Pelosi’s announcement, Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga, District 5) made his case for impeachment on the House floor. He said the inquiry is required to learn the truth of whether a foreign power was asked to interfere in the 2020 election.
“We will never find the truth unless we use the power given to the House of Representatives, and the House alone, to begin an official investigation as dictated by the Constitution,” Lewis said. “The future of our democracy is at stake.”
Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) made the following comment to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “They’ve weaponized politics here. They have obstructed this president since day one. I see this as premature. I just think it is time to move on and start legislating instead of all this investigating.”
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga, District 1) said on Twitter that “The Democrats simply cannot accept the fact that the President of the United States is Donald J. Trump. Nancy Pelosi has lost full control of her far-left members of her caucus.”
In a statement to News 3, Congressman Joe Cunningham (D-SC, District 1) said he’s calling for a bipartisan effort to “get to the bottom of these claims.”
“Last week brought new and troubling allegations to light that President Trump used the power of his office to pressure a foreign power into investigating a domestic political opponent, and potentially leveraged critical US assistance to do it,” Cunningham stated. “These are grave assertions, and if true, represent a clear threat to the Constitution, our national security and the democratic process.”
Meanwhile, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has agreed to testify Thursday in front of the House and Senate Intelligence Committee.