House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to announce on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET that she will support a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to 2 congressional sources. The plans were first reported by the Washington Post.
Why it matters: This is a watershed moment. Pelosi has resisted calls to impeach Trump for over a year, even as the number of House Democrats demanding a formal inquiry crossed into the majority in June.
- The allegations that Trump may have pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden opened the floodgates this week for swing district Democrats and influential holdouts to endorse impeachment, finally pushing Pelosi over the edge.
What to watch: Pelosi will make her announcement this evening after meeting with the chairs of key Democratic committees and the full caucus. Some aides warn her specific plans could be subject to change based on the meetings.