UPDATE (CNN) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday from the speaker’s office at the Capitol saying “no one is above the law.”
The move puts the Democratic speaker’s stamp on the investigations that have been underway in the House.
Calls for an impeachment inquiry have intensified following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government’s help in his reelection bid.
Pelosi says the president “must be held accountable.”
WASHINGTON D.C. (WKOW) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to have a statement later today after a closed door meeting the chamber’s majority caucus to discuss the possibility of impeachment, according to Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff.
The statement is expected at 4 p.m. central time.
Speaker Pelosi will make a statement at 5 p.m. following the House Democratic Caucus meeting. Advisory coming…
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) September 24, 2019
Democrats lined up in ever greater numbers Tuesday urging an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, pushed to action by his phone call with Ukraine’s new leader and what Trump may or may not have said about corruption, frozen U.S. millions and Democratic rival Joe Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was gathering her chamber’s majority caucus behind closed doors to consider next steps amid a political uprising that’s drawing deep support from frontline freshmen lawmakers and seasoned veterans.
Trump, meanwhile, insisted anew that he did nothing wrong in freezing funding for the Eastern European ally before talking with the Ukraine president about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. That phone call is part of a complaint by a government whistleblower against Trump.
The president Trump acknowledged Tuesday that he personally ordered his staff to freeze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before the phone call to Volodymyr Zelenskiy. In remarks to reporters at the United Nations, Trump said he held up the aid to fight corruption and urge European nations to share in helping out Ukraine.
“I’d withhold again,” Trump said. “And I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine.” He named Germany and France as among the countries that should “put up money.”