Impeachment inquiry against Trump launched by Speaker Pelosi

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews additional reporting By Nayaba Arinde Amsterdam News Editor | 9/26/2019, 11:31 a.m.
“I’m beyond pleased that a strong majority of my Democratic colleagues have joined us in the effort to hold accountable ...
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“I’m beyond pleased that a strong majority of my Democratic colleagues have joined us in the effort to hold accountable and impeach the most unlawful and unpatriotic man to ever occupy the White House.”

So said California Congressional Rep. Maxine Waters. After months of carefully considering the possibility of initiating an impeachment process against Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi lowered the boom Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, citing the word betrayal three times in her announcement.

Waters continued, “As I have stated time and time again, Donald Trump is a dangerous and dishonorable man. He has no respect for our democracy, our Constitution or the rule of law. It is past time that Congress fulfills its constitutional duty to impeach him. I am elated that it appears that day is upon us.”

In her brief but firm statement outside her office in the Capitol, Pelosi said, “The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.” Opening the impeachment inquiry, Pelosi waited patiently while Trump accumulated enough problems to practically condemn himself, none of the improprieties more grievous and harmful as the phone call to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky—allegedly asking him to dig up some dirt on Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

But according to most pundits familiar with the issues facing Trump, the conversation he had with Zelensky is only the tip of the iceberg, more damning may be the complaint filed by a whistleblower that has been blocked by Joseph Maguire, the acting director of National Intelligence. This is perhaps the most significant brick in Trump’s stonewalling.

Upon hearing of Pelosi’s move, former Vice President Biden, busy on the campaign trail, said the impeachment inquiry should begin if Trump continues to stonewall. “I can take the political attacks,” he said. “They’ll come and they’ll go, and in time they’ll soon be forgotten. But if we allow a president to get away with shredding the United States Constitution that will last forever.”

Earlier before Pelosi’s announcement, Trump anticipated her action, calling it all a “ridiculous witch hunt,” words he has repeated again and again. “I’m leading in the polls,” he added. “The only way they can stop me [is]

impeachment.”

And the inquiry is just the beginning of what is sure to be a long arduous fight with the GOP already presenting signs of opposition. It is a good sign, though that the Senate has voted to request the whistleblower’s complaint that was delivered to the inspector general and is now held hostage by the DNI.

News headlines—print, broadcast and digital—screamed the new state of affairs.

Public reaction has been palpable—the sentiment had already been brewing in the air. Days before, on Saturday, Sept. 21, the People’s Organization For Progress had organized an “IMPEACH TRUMP NOW” march and rally at the Lincoln Statue on Springfield Avenue in Newark, N.J.  POP’s chairman, Lawrence Hamm, had invited, “Everyone that supports the impeachment, removal from office, or electoral defeat of President Trump” to attend. And “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” television show witnessed an almost one minute long ovation when the comedian host mentioned the news that Pelosi had initiated an impeachment inquiry.