Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House of Representatives would formally begin pursuing impeachment of President Donald Trump for myriad misdeeds and violations of the U.S. Constitution during his tenure in office.
The impeachment process would require a simple majority of the House of Representatives to vote in favor of it. For an indictment to occur — which would result in removal of the president — two-thirds of the U.S. Senate would have to vote in favor, concurring with the House’s judgment.
In response to Pelosi’s announcement, Trump issued three tweets, as of press time, decrying the motion.
The first, he simply named off several top House Democrats who Pelosi thanked in her remarks, and whom the president has frequently butted heads with in other social media posts.
In the second tweet, Trump lamented the fact that Democrats had not yet seen a transcript phone conversation between himself and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. The controversy surrounding that conversation, in which the president admitted he put pressure on his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate former vice president Joe Biden (a candidate for president in the 2020 presidential election), is largely believed to be the reason why Pelosi joined several members of her caucus in calling for impeachment hearings.
Finally, Trump sent out a third tweet, which undoubtedly was in response to the announcement by Pelosi on Tuesday.
Trump will likely have more to say on the subject in later social media posts.
Around approximately 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Pelosi laid out her reasons why she now supported impeachment proceedings to begin in earnest.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi said, per reporting from ABC News.
Nancy Pelosi quotes Thomas Paine: "The times have found us."
"The times have found us today. Not to place us ourselves in the same category of greatness as our founders—but to place us in the urgency of protecting and defending our Constitution." https://t.co/E2e0WqWOBQ pic.twitter.com/BIP6zGSJI2
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 24, 2019
Pelosi went onto quote two of America’s founders: Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin, the latter which purportedly said at the start of our nation that we have created “a Republic, if you can keep it.”
“In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote, ‘The Times have found us,'” Pelosi said. “The times found them to fight for and establish our democracy. The times have found us today, not to place ourselves in the same category of greatness as our founders, but to place us in the urgency of protecting and defending our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
“In the words of Ben Franklin, ‘to keep our Republic,'” Pelosi added.
Unclear as of yet are what the next moves of the House of Representatives may be. Several committees will likely continue investigations of the president, and converge to form articles of impeachment — including the controversy surrounding the Ukraine debacle, but likely not limited to that situation either.
Among the other issues, which may be included in articles of impeach, Congress may examine the possibility that the president obstructed justice within the Russia investigation, for example.
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