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Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump

She cited a recent 'whistleblower' report against the president

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that the House of Representatives would begin an official impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

"Today, I am announcing the House of Representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," she said. "The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law."

Pelosi had been resisting demands from the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party that sought to push for impeachment proceedings.

Critics of the president have pounced on a recent accusation from an anonymous government source that the president made improper demands of a foreign leader in order to bolster their demands for impeachment.

On Tuesday, Pelosi finally relented on those calls.

"The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution," Pelosi said, "especially when the president says, 'Article Two says I can do whatever I want.'"

More moderate Democrats in the party have sounded the alarm against impeachment by citing interior polling that showed voters are much less interested in the controversial action against the president.

Here's part of Pelosi announcement:

Speaker Pelosi announces Trump impeachment inquiry

One last thing…
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