WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Tuesday.
The impeachment inquiry following a whistleblower report that claims the President pressured Ukraine’s President to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
“The president of the United States has admitted that he spoke to the president of a foreign country, that would be Ukraine, about something that would assist him in his political, in his election,” said Pelosi. “He must turn over the whistleblower’s full complaint to the committee. He will have to choose whether to break the law or honor his responsibility to the Constitution.”
The White House responded to Pelosi’s announcement in a statement, saying:
“House Democrats have destroyed any chances of legislative progress for the people of this country by continuing to focus all their energy on partisan political attacks.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also responded to Pelosi’s announcement for the GOP.
“She cannot change the laws of this Congress,” said McCarthy. “She cannot unilaterally decide an impeachment inquiry. What she said today made no difference of what’s been going on.”
President Trump is expected to release his full transcript of his call with the Ukrainian President on Wednesday.