A Democratic official speaking under anonymity has said that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi intends to make a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump later today after a meeting with a Democratic caucus.
“As soon as we have the facts, we’re ready. Now that we have the facts, we’re ready,” Pelosi said at a forum hosted by The Atlantic. “For later today.”.
Trump’s presidency continues stirring up controversy, especially after today’s announcement that Trump authorized the release of the full transcript of his phone call with the Ukrainian president in which he allegedly brought up investigating former vice president Joe Biden.
Speaker Pelosi has been reluctant to discuss impeachment in the past, despite pushes from the more liberal wing of the Democratic party, as she’s said that neither the public nor the Republican party, who control the Senate, support impeachment and that it could waste a lot of the moderate Democrat support that swept the Democratic party into the House majority last year.
However, the announcement of Trump discussing the election with the Ukranian president has renewed calls for impeachment, and Speaker Pelosi has sounding out her fellow Democrats about whether to consider impeachment. She will be making a statement later today.
Trump, meanwhile, denied that his withdrawing of foreign aide to Ukraine was due to him using leverage to get information on Biden from them. “There was no quid pro quo,” Trump told reporters at the U.N. in New York. “There was no pressure applied, nothing.”
Many prominent Democrats are coming out in support of Pelosi. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who has been both a staunch ally and vocal critic of Trump, said on the House floor, “there comes a time when you have to be moved by the spirit of history to take action to protect and preserve the integrity of our nation. I believe, I truly believe, the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.”