Speak Out: Impeachment inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the commander in chief.

The probe centers on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine Democratic foe Joe Biden and help his own reelection. Pelosi said such actions would mark a “betrayal of his oath of office” and declared: “No one is above the law.”

Pelosi’s brief statement, historic yet presented without dramatic flourish, capped a frenetic stretch on Capitol Hill as details of a classified whistleblower complaint about Trump have burst into the open and momentum has shifted swiftly toward an impeachment probe. The charge was led by several moderate Democratic lawmakers from political swing districts , many of them with national security backgrounds and serving in Congress for the first time.

•Pelosi trying for nothing but fluff in a desperate move. The Dems will never ever impeach Trump. They already know they lost the White House bid. — Jon Walczak

If Trump gets a second term he will be able to appoint 300 federal judges including flipping the Ninth Circuit to conservative. He already has 150 and 10 out of the 29 on the Ninth Circuit where the left runs for power after losing elections. They are desperate! — Sherry Long

• Where is the proof? Let us hear and see it. There is enough dirt on just about every politician in our government to have them all kicked out. Hold all paychecks for Congress and Senate till we hear the truth. God, help this country. We are slipping into total anarchy. Pelosi, what are you hiding? — Muriel Lynn Davis

• Let’s all remember that Attorney General Barr and his team of legal minds is investigating Obama’s Department of Justice and the spying on the Trump campaign and also wants to go after Hillary for her 33,000 deleted emails that were subpoenaed by a court and the destruction of computer hard drives in phones. So believe me, the Democrats will have everything that’s coming to them. — Christopher Dunion

• Like two years late and for something far less egregious than his other actions but whatever, gets the job done. — Danielle Levredge

• She “ordered” no such thing. She made a “formal announcement “ that they were going to do an impeachment inquiry, which is exactly what the left has been doing since election night 2016. She made it “official.” But there was no procedural vote in the House. This is not impeachment proceedings. This is a continuation of the witch hunt that the left has been doing since election night. Nadler said almost two weeks ago that he was indeed conducting his own impeachment inquiry. Nancy’s presser meant nothing. — Maureen McCartan Harris

• Not gonna happen Nancy, he will still be our president come 2024! — Louis B Gardner

• What has changed? Nadler has been laying the foundation for impeachment for several months. There are already six committees investigating Trump’s activities. There wasn’t even a House vote to begin a formal impeachment inquiry. This is just Pelosi losing control of the House and submitting to the desires of AOC and friends. Symbolism. If it blows up, they have handed the 2020 election to Trump. — Jim Price

• We must impeach Trump to find out if he did something wrong. — Allen Cramer

• The Dems have six committees investigating the president, No wonder nothing gets done. — Richard Cutchin

• The only reason they want him impeached is because he is blowing their cover, showing the world how corrupt and thieving career politicians are. — Salli Fulkerson Saunders

• Another ploy by the Dems that will be proven wrong. It is time they focused on the needs of the people. They are sending their party to the grave. I am an independent and vote for both Dems and Reps. It is time to move on. — Debbie Adams

• Our President is a lawbreaker. He thinks he’s the boss of the world. He doesn’t know that he was elected to serve us, the American people. He is our leader — not the boss of anyone except in his gangster mentality taught to him by the attorney to gangsters Roy Cohn. — N. Taylor Collins

• You are wasting your time. He could shoot someone in the middle of the street in broad daylight and his base will still vote for him. Remember? Vote him out in 2020 and close out this experiment. — Brendan Warner

• Thirty-four guilty pleas, convictions and indictments, so far. Sounds pretty swampy to me. — Pete McQuaide

• How could it be illegal for the president to ask a foreign leader to help his campaign? Not like there would be collusion in that. Especially if he held back funds Congress already appropriate. — William Mazzariello

• Dems will never convince the American people that their current course of action to impeach our president is an honest and sincere fight to better our great country. Hatred is reactive and not a proactive way. The heart of America cares that DJT speaks directly to the American and fights for our interests first and foremost. You better understand that is why he’ll be reelected. He is making a huge difference in our economy. The hatred will continue, we get it! Keep hating people and wasting our tax dollars. How much money over the three years have we paid our left radical Dems to continually go after our president? We want our Dems to run on substance of realistic issues not the hatred of our president. Shame on all of you not supporting what puts America first! — Frank L Makray

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