Pelosi Tells Democrats She Supports Impeachment, Moves Forward With Official Inquiry

Sep 24, 2019

Updated: Sept. 24, 2019, 12:06 p.m.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the U.S. House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday from the speaker's office at the Capitol saying "no one is above the law."

The move puts the Democratic speaker's stamp on the investigations that have been underway in the House.

Calls for an impeachment inquiry have intensified following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government's help in his reelection bid.

Pelosi says the president "must be held accountable."

Trump reacted swiftly to Pelosi's announcement that the Democratic-controlled House is moving forward with the inquiry.

Trump notes that Pelosi's announcement comes as he meets Tuesday with world leaders at the United Nations. He's tweeting that "the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage. So bad for our Country!"

Calls for an impeachment inquiry have intensified following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government's help in his reelection bid. Trump insists he has done nothing wrong. He said he'll release a transcript of his phone call with Ukraine's president.

Trump tweets: "They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!"

Earlier, Pelosi made it official, telling fellow Democrats she supports a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Her remarks at a closed-door meeting was described by two people familiar with the remarks who were not authorized to discuss them publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. 

A third person familiar with Pelosi's remarks but unauthorized to speak publicly says she told Democrats they have reached "a moment of truth" with the president.

She called reports indicating that Trump pressured Ukraine's leader to investigate Joe Biden's family "a betrayal of our national security" and a "betrayal of our election."

Trump insists he did nothing wrong when it comes to Ukraine and announced he'll release a transcript of a phone call with the Ukrainian president.