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Pelosi backs impeachment

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/24/19, 05:46 pm

WASHINGTON—After resisting pressure from her caucus for more than a year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced her support for a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. His July phone call with the president of Ukraine—now the subject of a controversial whistleblower report—constituted a “breach of national security,” the Democrat from California said in justification of the inquiry.

What happens next? The House needs 218 votes to initiate formal proceedings. Close to 170 lawmakers supported the effort before Pelosi’s announcement, and that number had risen to 205 by Wednesday morning.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the whistleblower who raised the alert about the phone call has requested to testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees. They could hear from that individual as soon as this week. Meanwhile, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a public hearing Thursday. The White House said it would hand over the whistleblower report to Congress by the end of the week, and Trump released the transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president Wednesday morning. “You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.

WORLD has updated this report with the number of Democrats who support impeachment and news about the White House release of information to Congress and the public.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 07:24 pm

    Is it any coincidence this is happening at the same time one of the inspector generals is expected to report his findings, the DOJ investigation of democratic wrongdoing is going on and Biden’s own Ukraine dealings are coming under scrutiny?

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 07:37 pm

    An inquiry is an inquiry, nothing more. If there is smoke but no blaze, then the inquiry will show that, and articles of impeachment will not be drawn up. The House is doing no more to the president than he was asking the president of Ukraine to do to the Bidens. In fact, what he did was a notch up, because it was a foreign government. At least ours is in-house. No matter how much one hates the Democrats, they are not foreigners. They are all American citizens, duly elected, following the Constitution, which is the law of the land. The president was apparently asking the head of a foreign government to investigate an American citizen who happens to be running for president against him. If there was nothing wrong in that, then there's nothing for him to fear.

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 11:06 am

    The Democrats show themselves to be petty two faced monsters who will shield their own from gross illegalities while they probe the president looking for anything they can spin into an appearance of wrongdoing! Now Trump has every right to investigate the illegalities of Biden. The Obama administration was a racket to enrich themselves at the expense of our government- real illegalities! Biden threatened Ukraine to withhold a billion in aid money if they continued to investigate his sons company where the kid was making over $180,000 per month. Do you honestly believe this to be legal West Coast Gamma? How can you in a straight face say that there is not an appearance of impropriety here? And Biden threaten Ukraine to take away aid if they didn’t quit investigating his son! We even have a video of Biden bragging about it! 

    https://www.wsj.com/video/opinion-joe-biden-forced-ukraine-to-fire-prosecutor-for-aid-money/C1C51BB8-3988-4070-869F-CAD3CA0E81D8.html

    Now what exactly has Trump done wrong? Is he threatening Ukraine so he will enrich his son? No! As President, Trump has broad latitude to withhold aid to a country and the whistle blower statuate was never meant to be used so a low level partisan could hamstring the president. Sadly, the Democrats have no integrity and will use anything to attack Trump. This impeachment is a circus meant only to attack Trump, where the Democrats look foolish and crazy - just like the Russian Collusion Narrative!  One of Trump’s hallmark campaign promises was to make America great again and one method was re-evaluating the aid given to our allies. Trump has shut off aid to countries before and will continue in the future. The assumption that Trump was threatening Ukraine to give the goods on Biden doesn’t even make rational sense, because Biden would be a gift for Trump to run against. It is not to Trump’s benefit to see Biden removed from the political race.  Trump would have every right though to investigate Ukrainian corruption where aid is not going to the purposes that it was intended. Even the investigation of Biden for illegal activities would be fair game for Trump to do as President of the United States. Obama investigated Trump Internationally while he was campaigning for president but ironically he did not have valid reasons, which the Russian Collusion investigation revealed! 

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    Xion
    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 07:49 pm

    If there's one thing Democrats hate, it's democracy.  

    The previous administration investigated and wiretapped an opposing candidate.  They called for his impeachment before he took office.  They called for impeaching the Supreme Court nominee even before he was named.  They wanted to impeach him again based on a witness who didn't remember anything.  Now they want to impeach the president again over second hand evidence which they have not even seen.

  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 10:08 pm

    And people say Pelosi is a moderate.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 12:36 am

    I hope they impeach President Trump. It will blow up in their faces. 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 11:20 am

    World Magazine: What has happened to your readership?

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 05:06 pm

    WCG- I think maybe the readership is getting fed up with the continuous flow of phony accusations, overblown incidents and trumped up (pardon the pun) charges. Maybe Kloosterman or Hans will weigh in. They're always good for a left-wing perspective.

  • JACKIE PARFET
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 04:05 pm

    So far, Trump's teflon rivals Obama's...

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 05:02 pm

    Yea but Trump has had a LOT more harassment and phony charges. Anybody else would have crumpled by now. I mean, think about it, all it took for them to take down Romney was the dog on the car and the 47% comment. This has been nonstop for almost 3 years. I'm sure they're flabbergasted that he's still standing.

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 07:03 pm

    IMPEACH PELOSI!!!

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 07:09 pm

    TRUMP 2020!!!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 07:57 pm

    Yeah maybe I agree with West Coast Gramma that there’s a problem with World’s readership!

    There ARE some voices here supporting our legitimately elected President and Commander-In-Chief, who has given us 2 apparently conservative (the really critical tests are yet to come) Supreme Court Justices, who has stood up for Americans against other nations’ unfair trade practices, who has tried to bring order to the catastrophe that is our southern border, who has entered talks with North Korea, who has pulled us out of ridiculously lop-sided agreements over Iranian nukes and cutting back on world carbon emissions, who has begun to roll back some of the most outrageous liberal offenses against religious liberty and the sanctity of human life...

    I could go on.  BUT WHERE ARE THE SILENT UNCOUNTED READERS WHO HAVE YET TO STAND UP FOR OUR PRESIDENT, IN FACT, TO SIMPLY SAY “THANK YOU!” TO PRESIDENT TRUMP?  

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 09/26/2019 10:33 am

    Respectfully, I don't think it means there is something "wrong" with readers if they disagree about politics or politicians.  In fact, I suspect that humans will always disagree about the best way to solve political issues.  Even Jesus' disciples were very diverse politically!  They included a tax collector, who actually collaborated with the oppressive Roman government, and a Zealot, who favored violent military overthrow of the same government.  Despite this political difference, Jesus would later say: "By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:35 NIV)

    Which is more important?  Must we all agree politically, or can we show the world that followers of our Lord can disagree on political issues but still love each other?  There are a lot of things going on in our world that are distressing and concerning, but I have seen that even people who are a lot smarter than me have disagreed about how to solve important problems.  It's okay if not everyone agrees with me, AND I still need to seek the Lord and his will for myself and for our world and to live in a way that promotes the gospel.

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