Final Straw: Impeachment inquiry into Trump begun
While it came as no surprise, US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s formal announcement of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has stirred the political arena. An amateur politician, the President has a knack for making the headlines and ever since his campaigning days, he has always made the news. In a dramatic clash to the constitution, Pelosi announced the House will launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump just a year before his term ends. She had been wading the Democrats calls for an impeachment process for quite some time.
The last straw for the Congress was Trump discussing Joe Biden with Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine in July in the context of fighting “corruption” in the country. Trump, along with his allies, have accused the former vice president of pushing for the ouster of a Ukranian prosecutor while in the office, in a bid to benefit his son. Factually, the prosecutor was proved corrupt and there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden.
An anonymous member of the intelligence community filed a whistleblower complaint with the intelligence community inspector general. They stated it was an “urgent concern” requiring congressional notification under federal law.
Three House committees said a subpoena for documents had been sent to Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. He tweeted that the subpoena raised legal issues including attorney-client privilege and “it will be given appropriate consideration.”
Meanwhile, there is a substantial rise in support for Trump’s impeachment. A Reuters poll has revealed that 45 per cent of American adults believed Trump “should be impeached”, compared with 37 per cent in a similar poll that ran last week. 41 per cent said Trump should not be impeached and 15 per cent said they “dont’ know”.
At the President’s end, Trump has accused Schiff of distorting his conversation with Zelenskiy at a House hearing last week. He said, “Adam Schiff made up a phony call and he read it to Congress and he read it to the people of the United States and it’s a disgrace.”