U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said Congress is beginning impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
“I am announcing today that the House of Representatives is launching a formal investigation (within the framework of) impeachment,” Pelosi said in a special address. the security and integrity of our elections.”
After the speech, Pelosi declined to answer questions from reporters.
Pelosi considers the basis for impeachment a conversation between Trump and the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, during which he allegedly demanded to start an investigation against Hunter Biden – the son of US presidential candidate Joe Biden. This is what Democrats see as “violation of the integrity of elections.”
John Lewis, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, called for the formal impeachment proceedings to begin.
The Washington Post, citing sources, reported that Pelosi had a meeting with a number of unnamed Members of the Democratic Party behind closed doors. They, in particular, discussed the creation of a special committee to conduct a possible impeachment of Trump. The committee is expected to be set up later on Tuesday.Trump’s response
Trump, upon learning of the beginning of the impeachment proceedings, said that the Democrats had decided to spoil the “important day at the UN”.
“Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats deliberately destroyed and discredited this slag of new urgent messages of a witch hunt. So bad for our country! They didn’t even read the transcript of the call,” the White House chief tweeted.
Claims to Trump on Ukraine
A new reason for the intensification of efforts to start impeachment was a telephone conversation between Trump and Green in July 2019. In it, according to media reports, the American leader disclosed some secret information and tried to force Kyiv to launch an investigation against the former vice president and participant in the presidential race Joe Biden. Trump denies this and believes the story was fabricated to shield Biden, whose son is allegedly implicated in corruption in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Trump said he had authorized the full transcript of the conversation to be made public on Wednesday.
The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported earlier that Trump had repeatedly pressured Green to open an investigation into Biden’s son Hunter. In an interview with Romanski, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Vadim Pristajko said that Trump did not press on Zelinsky.
Biden’s son Hunter was a member of the board of directors of Burisma Group, which is one of the largest private gas companies in Ukraine. In 2016, while serving as vice president of the United States, Biden Sr. demanded that the Ukrainian authorities conduct a tough anti-corruption policy and, as part of this campaign, called for the resignation of the then-attorney general, who also investigated Burisma activities. At the same time, Yuriy Lutsenko, who served as the prosecutor general, stated that he had no evidence of wrongdoing sr. or his son could have admitted in the country.
Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment proceedings involve an investigation by the House of Representatives, the results of which must then be considered by the Senate, the upper house of Congress.
Democrats now have a majority in the House and Republicans in the Senate.
According to the Washington Post, more than 150 of the 253 Democrats in the House of Representatives support Trump’s impeachment.