House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who initially said that impeachment would be a waste of time, announced Thursday that the House of Representatives will move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own political benefit at the expense of our national security, by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement for an investigation into his political rival,” Pelosi said Thursday.
“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment,” she continued.”
Watch Pelosi’s formal impeachment announcement below:
Of course, Trump responded to the announcement via Twitter, writing, “The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to ‘Clean the Swamp,’ and that’s what I am doing!”
Hours later, after Pelosi’s announcement, he tweeted, “The Do Nothing, Radical Left Democrats have just announced that they are going to seek to Impeach me over NOTHING. They already gave up on the ridiculous Mueller “stuff,” so now they hang their hats on two totally appropriate (perfect) phone calls with the Ukrainian President. This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents. That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!”
If the process continues, he will be only the third U.S. president to be formally impeached, the other two being Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, who were both acquitted by the Senate.
President Richard Nixon also faced a formal impeachment inquiry, but resigned before he could be formally impeached.