Pelosi Makes Impeachment Extension Declaration That Has Donald Raging

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On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presided over the House’s official vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry into Mr. Trump. This also means that the inquiry will now be televised.

Pelosi revealed on Friday that it’s possible that controversies beyond the Ukraine scandal could be considered in the impeachment case against Trump.

According to The Hill:

‘House Democrats have recently sought to narrow their impeachment inquiry to the allegations stemming from an intelligence community whistleblower complaint that said Trump tried to pressure Ukraine to initiate politically charged investigations in return for the release of congressionally approved security aid.’

Nearly all House Democrats are united around the impeachment probe as they consider Trump’s actions with the Ukraine. Previously, many Democrats had already pushed for impeachment over Trump’s efforts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

According to The Hill:

‘Pelosi on Friday emphasized that the decision on articles of impeachment will be up to the committees handling the inquiry. She did not rule out the possibility that the obstruction of justice allegations against Trump in Mueller’s report could come up.’

Pelosi said during an interview with Bloomberg Television:

‘What we’re talking about now is taking us into a whole other class of objection to what the president has done. And there any be other – there were 11 obstruction of justice provisions in the Mueller report. Perhaps some of them will be part of this. But again, that will be part of the inquiry, to see where we go.’

The Mueller Report did not conclude as to whether Trump committed obstruction of justice. However, there were 10 instances laid out in which he may have done so. These instances included firing former FBI director James Comey, and pressuring then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Trump also attempted to remove Mueller as special counsel.

The Hill reported:

‘For now, though, Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry are focused on uncovering Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and whether he instituted a quid pro quo for U.S. military aid.’

Pelosi said:

‘This is not about his personality, his policies. That’s for the election. This is about the Constitution. This about defending our democracy.’

Pelosi also told Bloomberg News that she expects that public hearings will begin this month after holding several closed door depositions with current and former Trump administration officials.

On Thursday, the resolution adopted by the House sets up the process for open hearings by the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees. There is also a procedure for the Intelligence panel to issue a report on its findings.

According to The Hill:

‘Open hearings would begin in the House Intelligence Committee. If Democrats decide to write articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee would then take the lead.’

The goal of Democrats is to wrap up the impeachment inquiry by the year’s end or at the latest, before the first primary presidential ballots are cast at the Iowa caucuses on February 3.

Pelosi said:

‘We haven’t even made a decision to impeach. This is what an inquiry is about.’

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