Pelosi Announces Trump Impeachment Inquiry


Mahle Gangi, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, September 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a statement that was broadcast announcing that Congress was launching an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. This statement comes following a week of media scrutinisation surrounding a controversial phone call between Trump and the President of Ukraine. Trump alluded to requesting that the President of Ukraine investigate former VP and current presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. 

Throughout American history, only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Trump would only be the third president to be impeached, but given the circumstances, it is likely he would be acquitted by the Senate. In an impeachment trial, the House brings forth the charges and the Senate holds a trial. Two-thirds of the Senate must be in favor of conviction for it to happen and as of the 2018 midterm election, Republicans hold the Senate majority. Most likely, Republicans would acquit Trump unless irrefutable evidence was presented.

Trump took to Twitter immediately following the statement to reiterate that he feels that this is “A total Witch Hunt!” and bringing to light that no one has seen the transcript of the Ukraine phone call. Pelosi made her stance known by detailing her party’s stance on Trump’s actions over the course of his administration: “Actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution…This week, the President has admitted to asking the President of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. 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.”