Sep 25, 2019

Pelosi: Trump-Ukraine memo confirms need for impeachment inquiry

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement Wednesday that the Trump-Ukraine call memo released by the White House "confirms that the President engaged in behavior that undermines the integrity of our elections, the dignity of the office he holds and our national security."

Why it matters: While the White House remains adamant that the call shows no wrongdoing and no quid pro quo, Pelosi appears committed to moving forward with an impeachment inquiry.

What she's saying:

"I respect the responsibility of the President to engage with foreign leaders as part of his job. It is not part of his job to use taxpayer money to shake down other countries for the benefit of his campaign. Either the President does not know the weight of his words or he does not care about ethics or his constitutional responsibilities.
"The transcript and the Justice Department's acting in a rogue fashion in being complicit in the President’s lawlessness confirm the need for an impeachment inquiry. Clearly, the Congress must act."
— Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

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Scoop: Trump letter dares Pelosi to hold vote on impeachment inquiry

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The White House is planning to send Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter as soon as Friday arguing that President Trump and his team can ignore lawmakers' demands until she holds a full House vote formally approving an impeachment inquiry, 2 sources familiar with the letter tell Axios.

Why it matters: By putting in writing the case that Trump and his supporters have been making verbally for days, the White House is preparing for a court fight and arguing to the public that its resistance to Congress' requests is justified.

Go deeperArrowOct 3, 2019

House Democrats subpoena White House in impeachment inquiry

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House committees leading the impeachment inquiry against President Trump subpoenaed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Friday.

The big picture: This comes after nearly a month of White House refusals to comply with House investigations into whether Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine, per the subpoena. The committees are demanding documents by Oct. 18.

Go deeperArrowOct 4, 2019

All 2020 Democrats want to impeach Trump

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All major 2020 Democratic candidates have joined the call to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Driving the news: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Sept. 24 that the House will open a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Oct 9, 2019