WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying “no one is above the law,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government’s help in his reelection bid.
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.
Trump said he had authorized the release of a transcript of the call on Wednesday.
“You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call,” Trump said.
Rep. Tom Reed was quick to express his skepticism of Pelosi:
“The President is releasing the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of his phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine tomorrow. Why is Nancy Pelosi rushing to impeachment based on someone’s secondhand account of the call?”Statement from Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY’s 23rd District
Republican Rob Ortt, who is running for Congress, took aim at the opposing party.
“Since election night 2016, Democrats and radical regressive socialists have been committed to overturning the election and the will of the American people. First, it was the Mueller/Russia collusion hoax. Now it’s a phone call to Ukraine. Now more than ever the president needs a battle-tested patriot standing by his side.”Statement from Rob Ortt
Ortt is challenging Rep. Chris Collins, who followed up with this statement of his own:
Channeling the great Ronald Reagan, I can only say… there they go again. Democrats just can’t help themselves in their quest to impeach President Trump or anyone else. Whether it was their reliance on the flawed Mueller report a few months ago or the erroneous media reports last week about Judge Kavanaugh, House Democrats demand rushing to judgment to satisfy their radical base without looking at any facts. Instead of continuing their ongoing witch hunts, House Democrats should get to work on securing our borders, reforming immigration, creating jobs and producing a federal budget. That’s what the American Public wants.Statement from Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY’s 27th District
Congressman Brian Higgins also weighed in on the House proceeding with a formal inquiry:
“As Americans and as Representatives elected to lead, Congress has an obligation to defend the constitution and American principles which guarantee a balanced and free democracy. With each passing day we see an erosion of this country’s ideals by a President who freely sidesteps Congress, profits off his position, obstructs justice, and places personal politics before national security. This crumbling of our democracy is why I announced support for an impeachment inquiry over three months ago and why, with each unchecked offense by this President, the urgency couldn’t be more evident. An impeachment inquiry will deliver the truth Americans deserve.”Congressman Brian Higgins, R-NY’s 26th District
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw also shared his thoughts:
“What radical progressives like Nancy Pelosi and Never Trumpers like Bill Weld are doing to the President and our democracy is a travesty. Liberal democrats can’t get over the fact that Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton lost. They will stop at nothing to hurt President Trump. This is why we need leaders who will unequivocally stand with the President even when it’s tough, not just when it’s easy or politically advantageous.”Erie County Comptroller, Stefan Mychajliw