Pelosi Expected To Launch Formal Impeachment Inquiry 'Later Today'

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Impeachment May Be ‘Only Remedy’ To Trump Keeping Whistleblower Complaint And Ukraine Call Private

NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were down sharply in volatile trading on Tuesday as a push by some Democrats for the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump gained momentum.

Trump confirmed on Tuesday he had withheld almost $400 million in USA aid to Ukraine but denied accusations he did so to leverage Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to initiate an investigation that would damage Democratic political rival Joe Biden. With progressives grabbing at the wheel, however, Pelosi might not have much choice but to shift directions now.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has gone so far as telling constituents an official impeachment inquiry is open (it isn't) and again hauled former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to Capitol Hill last week for testimony. Pelosi is set to meet with her caucus at 4 p.m. ET and make a statement at 5 p.m. ET.

On this edition of Political Rewind, Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Lithonia) are calling for impeachment proceedings in the aftermath of President Trump's alleged efforts to pressure the president of Ukraine to look into the business dealings of Joe Biden's son, Hunter. "This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!"

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The new urgency among Democrats was sparked by a complaint from a whistle-blower in the intelligence community who raised alarms over the president's interactions with a foreign leader.

The president has continued to deny reports and Tuesday afternoon vowed to release the transcript from the conversation in question.

In addition to the transcript, however, national security journalist and expert Marcy Wheeler was among those who argued that what also must be released is the whistleblower complaint that sits at the heart of the controversy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said he initially was reluctant to back a "made for TV moment" offered by Senate Democrat but said he would relent and stated he expects a bipartisan Senate panel examination of the matter.

The letter from the Senate Democratic leader comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called over the weekend for the whistleblower to come before Congress.

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Ahead of Pelosi's announcement, Trump authorized the release of a transcript of his call with Ukraine's president, predicting it would show no evidence of wrongdoing.

"Anything short of whistleblower complaint is more obstruction", Wheeler said.

While the spectre of impeachment has hung over Trump for many months, the likelihood of a probe had faded after special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation ended without a clear directive for lawmakers.

"I can take the political attacks", Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware". "It's hard to say we've gotten to that", she said.

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