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Democrats launch impeachment inquiry into US President

Trump slams impeachment inquiry as “Witch Hunt”

25 September, 2019

By SJA Jafri + Agencies

WASHINGTON/ MELBOURNE: Representative Al Green of Texas, who has been calling for impeachment for more than two years, says he feels “vindicated” by House speaker Nancy Pelosis announcement today.

The democratic congressman from Texas first called for Trump’s impeachment in May 2017 — four months after Trump took office — after the president fired FBI director James Comey.

To this date, no US president has been removed from office by impeachment.

Two presidents, Bill Clinton, in 1998, and Andrew Johnson, in 1868, were impeached – though both were acquitted by the senate. Richard Nixon resigned before he was formally impeached.

The procedure for bringing articles of impeachment against presidents has varied as well, as HuffPost’s Paul Blumenthal explains:

That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague, Maanvi Singh, will take over the blog for the next few hours.

Trump slams impeachment inquiry as “Witch Hunt”

Trump is already disparaging the impeachment inquiry as a “Witch Hunt,” the same derisive description he repeatedly applied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s actions represented a “betrayal of his oath of office, a betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”

“Therefore, today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi said.

But interestingly, the House speaker went on to say that six of the House Democratic committee chairs would continue their investigations into Trump under the umbrella of a formal impeachment inquiry.

So it’s unclear how this announcement will affect the actual work of the committees investigating the president.

Trump tweets about impeachment announcement

Trump has weighed in on Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that House Democrats are launching a formal impeachment inquiry, disparaging some of the committee chairs investigating him.

The president is enjoying some “executive time” at Trump Tower after his day at the UN General Assembly, apparently allowing him to watch the House speaker’s announcement.

It appears that the president himself has returned to Trump Tower, from the UN General Assembly, to tune in to Nancy Pelosi’s 5 p.m. announcement.

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