Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
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Nancy Pelosi Officially Launches Impeachment Inquiry Of Donald Trump

After many months of delays and excuses, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced that an impeachment inquiry will begin against Donald Trump in the House of Representatives.

“Today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella,” said Pelosi in her address. “The president must be held accountable.”

This comes after a morning full of Democrats declaring their support for impeachment, including senior Representative John Lewis, who gave a hard-hitting speech saying that any further delay would “betray the foundation of our democracy.”

This surge in support was largely the result of the unfolding Ukraine bribery scandal in which a whistleblower complaint led to allegations that Trump had bribed Ukraine officials with the promise to restore aid funds to the country if they dug up dirt on Joe Biden.

Some of the more progressive members of the House are concerned that an inquiry into the possibility of impeachment rather than going right into launching impeachment proceedings represent a dangerous delay during an urgent time.

Others believe that impeachment needs to be a part of a careful strategy as the 2020 election approaches, especially since Trump’s removal from office via Senate conviction is viewed as an impossibility while the Republicans maintain control.

As calls for impeachment ramped up today and news outlets confirmed that Nancy Pelosi would be making an announcement on the subject, Trump tweeted that he would release the full transcript of his phone conversation with Ukraine officials in which he allegedly offered a bribe. Some are speculating that the provided transcript will be altered to favor the President and that this is a sign that he is feeling a wee bit nervous right now.

There are those who hope impeachment proceedings and investigations will be about more than the Ukraine scandal, pointing out that concerns about Trump’s possible violation of the Emoluments Clause have been brewing for years.

The Trump administration has so far refused to release the full text of the whistleblower complaint to Congress, which may be an illegal act and another motivation for Democrats to impeach. Even Republican Mitt Romney urged Trump to release the full complaint, warning that if he doesn’t, “it will be up to the House to decide how to proceed.”

Meanwhile, multiple sources are reporting that the whistleblower wants to testify on the complaint before the House.

All in all, this is likely a stressful week for Donald Trump—and it’s only Tuesday.