Trump facing possible impeachment
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House is launching a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over reports that he sought help from Ukraine officials in his re-election bid. Trump reportedly sought information about Joe Biden, who wants to be the next U.S. president after the 2020 election.
"Today I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," Pelosi said in a statement at the Capitol late Tuesday afternoon carried live by the Associated Press and other major media.
"No one is above law," she said.
The speaker has long resisted calls from many progressive lawmakers to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president, but Democrats appear to have reached a breaking point over the administration's refusal to hand over a whistleblower complaint related to Trump's interaction with a foreign leader, according to the ABC news report.
Trump, who is meeting with world leaders at the United Nations, reportedly called the move by Democrats a "witch hunt."
What is impeachment?
The U.S. Constitution permits Congress to remove presidents before their term is up if enough lawmakers vote to say that they committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
Key dates in the House's impeachment inquiry
While Congress is on recess for the next two weeks, the House Intelligence Committee is pressing forward with its impeachment inquiry.
Here's a look at the key dates to watch early this month:
- Wednesday, Oct. 2: Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine, isscheduledto testify before the House Intelligence Committee.
- Thursday, Oct. 3: Kurt Volker, former U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine, slated to appear for a deposition in front of three congressional committees - Intelligence, Oversight and Reform.
- Friday, Oct.4:Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, is expectedto brief the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors.
- Friday, Oct.4: Deadline forSecretary of State Mike Pompeo to produce documents related to Ukraine.
- Oct. 15:President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giulianimust turn over documents related to Ukraine by this deadline.