Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump and allegations that he sought a foreign government's help with his 2020 re-election bid.
Pelosi made her announcement after huddling inside the Capitol with House Democratic leaders, as the number of Democratic lawmakers who support impeachment proceedings grew throughout the day Tuesday.
"The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution," Pelosi said. "The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law."
For months, Pelosi has resisted opening a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump over earlier allegations of obstruction of justice stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 election.
"There have been a lot of egregious acts. But there's nothing that compares to this. This is the president basically saying, 'Yes, I colluded. What are you going to do about it?'" Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski told reporters.
Pelosi accused Trump of betraying his oath of office, U.S. national security and the security of U.S. elections.
“For the past several months we have been investigating in our committees and litigating in the courts so the House can gather all the relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full Article 1 power, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity, approval of articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said.
Source : VOA