House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, a dramatic and historic move that comes as the President faces outrage over reports that he pressured a foreign leader in an effort to target a political rival. "No one is above the law", Pelosi said at a news conference Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with her party. With progressives grabbing at the wheel, however, Pelosi might not have much choice but to shift directions now. And yet, all of them, in one fashion or another, already called for impeachment.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has gone so far as telling constituents an official impeachment inquiry is open (it isn't) and again hauled former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to Capitol Hill last week for testimony. Dozens of House Democrats - many from moderate or Trump-won districts - have announced their support for an impeachment inquiry over the past 48 hours.
Stewart likened the calls for impeachment of Trump to Democrats who hollered for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to be removed from office based on what Stewart dubbed "absolutely sloppy and lazy reporting".
Trump withheld military aid for Ukraine days before telling President Volodymyr Zelenskiy he should investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
As the Washington Post notes, the president's decision to release a transcript of the call "follows almost a week of speculation around what he specifically asked for during a call that an intelligence official found so problematic he filed an official complaint". They argued that it is within the scope of Congress to look into the whistleblower claim. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said he initially was reluctant to back a "made for TV moment" offered by Senate Democrat but said he would relent and stated he expects a bipartisan Senate panel examination of the matter.
China attacks Pelosi for siding with pro-democracy Hong Kong activists
Chris Smith has tried for years to pass legislation protecting Hong Kong's democratic systems from Chinese incursions. CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG, on the proposed U.S. support for pro-democracy protesters.
Airports closed in Bahamas as Tropical Storm Humberto threatens
It was 135 miles north-northwest of the northwestern Bahamas , with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, the U.S. Although the hurricane will not be making landfall for the USA and Bahamas, they will still feel its effects.
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Trump tweeted that the USA was " locked and loaded " but was waiting for Saudi Arabia's rulers to decide on a path forward. The minister went on to say Iran has nothing to gain from attacking Saudi Arabia and wants stability in the region.
- Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 24, 2019 Congress needs the whistleblower complaint-as required by law-that reportedly references you making a still-unknown "promise" to a foreign leader.
Trump said Tuesday afternoon that he has authorized the release of a full, unredacted transcript of his call with Zelensky on Wednesday. He didn't say whether he'd release the complaint from the whistle-blower, which has been blocked by the White House.
"I didn't put any pressure on them whatsoever", Trump told reporters at the UN Monday.
Scores of Democrats had called for Trump's impeachment before and after special counsel Robert Mueller's report found several instances in which the president attempted to hinder the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election to help Trump get elected.