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.
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.
The allegations in the whistleblower report about President Trump’s calls with Ukraine are mind-boggling. I called for an impeachment inquiry a few months ago, and I’m glad that many of my colleagues have now joined me in pushing for this important action. https://t.co/u8gEAhGgyS pic.twitter.com/Nq6kdTIgSL— Mike Doyle (@USRepMikeDoyle) September 24, 2019
“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.
As I said yesterday, we need to get the full text of the whistleblower complaint by Thursday, not just the transcript of one phone call.— Conor Lamb (@RepConorLamb) September 24, 2019
It appears that we will learn more facts in the coming days, and I’ll have more to say after that.
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.