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House leadership begins impeachment inquiry into President Trump

Pittsburgh area US Rep. Mike Doyle renews and intensifies calls for impeachment proceedings

House leadership begins impeachment inquiry into President Trump
Mike Doyle and Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) announced today plans to call for a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

This comes after the Trump administration blocked Congress from seeing a whistleblower complaint alleging Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to undermine Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump has admitted to withholding funds from Ukraine but denies doing so as political leverage. The Trump administration plans to release the July 25 call transcript between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which came one week after Trump made plans to hold around $400 million aid from the country.

According to CNBC, Pelosi said of starting impeachment proceedings earlier today, “That’s why I’ve said [that] as soon as we have the facts, we’re ready. Now we have the facts, we’re ready — for later today.”

In response, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills) renewed his call for an impeachment inquiry into Trump today.

“I believe that the recent allegations only add to the urgency of a full and immediate impeachment inquiry,” Doyle said in his statement. “Congress must use all of the powers granted it by the Constitution to carry out its oversight responsibilities and get the facts.”

Doyle is joined by around 180 House Democrats and one House independent in supporting starting impeachment proceedings.

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Mount Lebanon) asked the Trump Administration provide the full whistleblower report to Congress by Thursday. But when Pittsburgh City Paper asked Lamb's office if he has changed his mind on starting an impeachment inquiry into Trump, his office didn't provide a specific response to that question.

Today, Lamb tweeted that he still wants to see the full whistleblower complaints by Thursday. Trump's office has promised the release of the call transcript, but not the entire complaint. Lamb indicated he will have "more to say" after facts emerge in the coming days. Lamb remains the only House Democrat in Pennsylvania to indicate whether or not he supports impeachment proceedings.

An impeachment inquiry will not necessarily result in Congress calling for impeachment since the House still has to vote on whether to proceed; then, the U.S. Senate would have to take up the issue. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has indicated he doesn't support bringing impeachment proceedings to the Senate floor. However, proceedings in the House will allow a special counsel to open an investigation into the allegations and allow Congress to determine the legality of the actions taken.

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