House Speaker Pelosi announces official impeachment inquiry

Isaac Sieblink, Staff Writer

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This past Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official inquiry of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Pelosi’s stated grounds for impeachment are President Trump’s pressuring of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate potential Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son under threat of withholding aid from Ukraine. 

The long-time California congresswoman, who had been previously disinclined to go forward with impeachment proceedings, was joined in her change of policy along with a tide of similarly reluctant House Democrats to begin a process seldom initiated in the nation’s history. 

“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact of the President’s betrayal of his oath of office,” Pelosi stated. “Therefore today, I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry … The president must be held accountable.” 

The House Speaker’s statement followed the revelation that the Director of National Intelligence had blocked a whistleblower from filing a complaint the previous week.  

Though impeachment has been pushed for frequently in the past, it is only now, three years into President Trump’s term, that a move has been made towards that end.

 Previously many Democrats, including House Speaker Pelosi, have opposed the inquiry despite much urging due to lack of both internal and public support. 

This sentiment changed, however, after the President contacted a foreign power to investigate a domestic political rival and the attempted quelling of complaint of this action within the intelligence community — something the House Speaker took time to mention in her statement, as she had served as a member on the Intelligence Community for over 25 years. 

Frequently invoking many references to the Founding Fathers in her statement, Pelosi made it clear that the investigation was to be taken against the President for his recent actions and mandated the Director of National Intelligence hand over the entirety of the whistleblower complaint to the House Intelligence Committee. 

President Trump has taken to Twitter in an effort to discern the identity of the whistleblower, stating that “I deserve to meet my accuser.”

Democrats hope for a swift start to the impeachment effort. The whistleblower in question has independently requested to speak directly to the House Intelligence Committee, according to Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. 

More on this story as it progresses.