Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry as Trump vows to release call transcript

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry

(WIS) - A few hours after President Donald Trump tweeted he will release a fully unredacted transcript of his phone call with Ukraine’s president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry.

In his tweets, Trump said his call with President Zelensky was “totally appropriate.”

Trump is currently at the United Nations, where reporters asked the president about the call and the increased push for impeachment.

The Associated Press reported that Trump asked former South Carolina Congressman and current White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, to withhold millions in military aid to Ukraine a week before he called the nation’s president.

The concern is whether or not the president threatened to keep the money unless Ukraine investigated allegations against Joe Biden’s son.

The president and his lawyer say Biden’s son Hunter was under investigation by a Ukrainian prosecutor because of issues involving a company board on which Hunter once served.

The transcript of the call in question will be released Wednesday, according to the president’s tweets.

After Pelosi announced the launch of an impeachment inquiry, Trump again spoke out on Twitter, calling the inquiry “Witch Hunt garbage.”

Local lawmakers released statements regarding Pelosi’s announcement.

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn stated:

“My approach is always to proceed with reason and not emotion, which is why I have supported methodical oversight of this President in order to uncover evidence of any abuses of power. Recent revelations and allegations that the President used the power of his office to force a foreign government to attack a political rival, and maybe directing subordinates to violate the law requiring the transmission of a whistleblower complaint to Congress, constitute an egregious violation of his constitutional duties. This is about protecting our national security, standing up for the rule of law, and patriotism. I support the official impeachment inquiry announced by the Speaker today.”

Congressman Joe Wilson released a statement as well:

“Since President Donald Trump was first elected, Democrats have been obsessively scraping for any sign of alleged wrongdoing by the Administration and citing impeachment. Every time a new accusation comes to light, it is backed by unsubstantiated evidence and later disproved. It is disappointing that instead of addressing issues truly affecting Americans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues this divisive, baseless attack on President Trump.”

Copyright 2019 WIS. All rights reserved.