Nancy Pelosi announces formal Trump impeachment inquiry
Nancy Pelosi announces formal Trump impeachment inquiry Nancy Pelosi announces formal Trump impeachment inquiryThis is a CBS News, special report on Margaret Brennan in New York. We are about to hear from house Speaker Nancy Pelosi who is expected to announce that a formal switchman inquiry is being established. Now this follows reports that President Trump tried to pressure Ukraine’s leader to investigate Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter a short while ago, mr. Trump studies, all the transcripts speaker Pelosi at the adoption of the Constitution on September 17th. Sadly, on that day, the intelligence Community Inspector General formally notified that the administration was forbidding him from turning over a whistle-blower complaint on Constitution Day. This is a violation of the wall by the president of the United States, calling upon a foreign power to intervene in his election. This is a breach of his constitutional responsibilities. The facts are these: the intelligence Community inspector General, Who was appointed by President Trump, determined that the complaint, urgent concern and credible and its disclosure he went on to say, relates to one of the most significant National Intelligence. This responsibility to the American people on Thursday, the inspector-general testified before the house intelligence committee, stating that the acting Director of National Intelligence from disclosing The Whistleblower complaint. This is a violation of law. The wall is unequivocal. The DNA staff she’ll provide Congress, the full whistle-blower complaint, even before I was in the I was there when we created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. That did not exist before 2004. I was there even earlier in the 90s, when we wrote The Whistleblower laws and continue to run them to improve them, to ensure the security of our intelligence and the safety of all whistleblowers. I know what their purpose was and we proceeded with balance and caution. As we wrote The Lost, I can say Authority, the Trump administration’s actions undermine both National Security and our intelligence and our protection of the whistleblowers more than both intelligence committee. At that time he must turn over the whistleblowers full complaint to the committee. You’Ll have to choose whether to break the law or honor. His responsibility to the constitution on the final day are the Constitutional Convention. In 1787, when our constitution was adopted, American government, our Founders handcrafted. What do we have a republic or monarchy Franklin, a republic? If you can keep it? Our responsibility is to keep it a republican doors because of the tuition and trying to three equal branches of government serving as checks and balances on each other. The actions taken to date by the president has seriously violated the Constitution, especially when the Article 2 says I can do whatever I want for the past several months. We have been investigating in our community and litigating in the court, so the house can gather all the relevant back whether to exercise its full Article 1 Powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity, approval of Articles of impeachment, and this week the president has admitted To asking president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. The action of the truck for the actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonourable facts of the presidents, betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national and betrayal of the Integrity of our elections. They are for today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry, I’m directing R6 committees to proceed with their investigation under the umbrella of impeachment inquiry. The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law getting back to our Founders and the darkest days of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine, the times have found of the times, found them to fight for his job. With our democracy, the times has found us today not to place ourselves in the same category if protecting and defending our constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic and the words of Ben Franklin to keep our Republic. I think our chairman German Judiciary, chairmanship of intelligence, chairman Angela Foreign Affairs, chairman coming of oversight and cummings I’ve been in touch with constantly he’s a master of of so much but including inspection and and and whistleblowers, which one is Richie Neal of the Ways and Means Committee congresswoman Maxine Waters, natural Services committee. Our members have colleagues for their thoughtful thoughtful approach to all this for their careful statements, God bless them and God bless America. Thank you all. This accomplished the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on making her announcement. Not taking any questions but laying out what is a tremendous ship and her position as Speaker of the democratic-led house to now decide to begin and impeachment inquiry, as you heard her lay out there. She is now asking the six committee has of all democratic-led committees to prepare their cases. I want to go now to cap, oh hell where Nancy Cordes has been standing by Nancy. Can you bottom-line this? For us? This is just the beginning of a process sure if this is a speaker who, just one week ago, Margaret wasn’t even willing to is the word impeachment publicly. Now she is officially announcing a formal impeachment inquiry and she is urging her committees to act with haste. Why is she taking this step now? Well, for starters, just within the past 24 hours raft of Democrats have announced that they are now open to an impeachment investigation. In some cases they are open to articles of impeachment being filed, and the house Speaker said today that the reason that they all support impeach now it’s because in her words the president called on a foreign power to interfere with the u.s. election when he spoke to The president of Ukraine and urged him to investigate one of the President’s chief political Bulls in this election season, former Vice President Joe Biden. She and many other Democrats believe that that crossed the line. They believe that there is an Evidence of there’s evidence of a quid pro quo, because the president ordered that 2 Ukraine to the tune of four hundred million dollars, was withheld for a couple of months. They believe that the president did that to put even more pressure on the new Ukrainian president, and so now not only will the house I had with this investigation, but Margaret the Senate today announced that it is going to be looking into this as well, and that Is quite significant, the republican-led send it now working on getting that whistleblower who originally created such a stir by filing a report to the Director of National Intelligence report that was deemed to be a high level of concern. The whistleblowers report has been blocked from coming here to Capitol Hill, but now both the House and Senate intelligence committees were told are working with that whistleblowers attorney to try to get that whistleblower to come up here to Capitol Hill and testify as soon as possible pocket. Leaving this week and that will be widely watched, Nancy Porter – you heard the speaker point to that that refusal by the administration to hand over information about that whistleblower to the relevant committee, that provides oversight is one of the reasons she is taking this step. Weijia Jiang is standing by at the United Nations weijia President Trump has long said he bring it on. Essentially when it comes to actual impeachment, he has described as often as something that was just a Witch Hunt and something that could politically benefit him. What are we actually hearing from him today and Margaret? This is something that President Trump has made clear. He not only does not care about, but he welcomes and just about one minute ago the president responded on Twitter saying such an important day, the United Nations. So much work and so much success and the Democrats purposely had to ruin it and demean it with more breaking news, witch-hunt garbage so bad for our country and you’re right. The White House has long now this date could come. Perhaps since the first day that president took off it and they’ve been prepared for this, and they truly believe this is a situation where the president has nothing to lose for two reasons: number one simple math they do. I believe the Democrats have been numbers required to ultimately succeed and number to there now able to say, walk. The Democrats are not working on real issues that matter to Americans and they’re, not working on their legislative agenda or trying to work with Republicans or mr. Trump. Instead, they are focused on this investigation and they believe that this inquiry alone is enough to generate another wave of support from his base, get people riled up and certainly back to in 2020, even before Pelosi made her announcement. President Trump address this and he said how can you do this without even reading the transcript of the call, because he he believes that this call will vindicate him, because he has said even though he talked to the Ukrainian president about corruption. He did not pressure him to investigate the bite him family and he is looking forward to this transcript being released tomorrow, because again he believed it will show done nothing wrong. But now that call Margaret is just another piece of evidence for Pelosi and the Democrats to ask the question: did he abuse power and we will be watching very closely at that count on Capitol Hill and particularly repel we’ve already heard from one Senator Mitt Romney in The past few days to keep himself and said this causes some questions to be raised. If other Republicans also are troubled that could change the view hear of weather in this, isn’t something White House does need to be concerned about? We will be watching and covering the story. Of course, coverage continues, 24 hours on our streaming service CVS and you can watch it at cbsnews.com, local news on the CBS station in tonight on the CBS Evening News until then, I’m Margaret Brennan CBS News, New York, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the establishment of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Tuesday, setting up a dramatic constitutional clash just over a year before the presidential election. Watch her remarks here.