House GOP leader blasts Pelosi's decision

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What we know so far

  • JUST IN: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
  • About the Ukraine drama: Trump pressed Ukraine's president in a call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, a person familiar with the situation said. Trump asked his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to put a hold on millions in military aid to Ukraine roughly one week before the call, two senior administration officials said.
  • The call transcript: Trump said he will release the "unredacted transcript" of his phone call with the Ukrainian president tomorrow.

House GOP leader blasts Pelosi's decision: "It's time to put the public before politics"

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for launching a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

He criticized Democrats for going after Trump, saying, "This election is over."

"It's time to put the public before politics," McCarthy said.

Beto O'Rourke says he's "grateful" for impeachment inquiry into "lawless" Trump

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said in a statement today he is "grateful to Speaker Pelosi" for opening a formal impeachment inquiry.

"We all must come to terms with what we face: a lawless president who has obstructed justice and undermined our democracy by inviting a foreign power to intervene in 2016, and who is doing it again in 2020," O’Rourke said.

Here's his full statement:

Trump campaign calls impeachment inquiry "misguided"

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry, calling it "misguided."

"Democrats have officially paved the way for a @realDonaldTrump landslide victory," Parscale tweeted.

Read the Trump campaign statement:

Democratic congresswoman on Trump: "What he has already admitted to is an impeachable offense"

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, told reporters this afternoon that she believes President Trump has committed "several impeachable offenses."

On Trump's remarks that he did order his aides to withhold aid from Ukraine, Ocasio-Cortez, an often-vocal proponent for impeachment, said: "What he has already admitted to is an impeachable offense."

Asked if she thought the caucus was being too slow by waiting this long to open the impeachment inquiry, Ocasio-Cortez said, "Honestly, at this point it doesn't matter. We're moving forward with it now."

Kamala Harris backs impeachment inquiry into Trump: "He must be impeached"

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris took to Twitter to react to calls for impeachment.

“Donald Trump has abused his power, obstructed justice, and violated his oath of office. He puts his political interests over our national interest. I agree with @SpeakerPelosi — no one is above the law. He must be impeached," the California senator tweeted.

Senate passes resolution calling for whistleblower complaint to be given to Congress

The US Senate voted unanimously today for the whistleblower complaint to be provided to Congress, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted.

Here's the tweet:

Sen. Cory Booker: An impeachment inquiry is "our one remaining path to ensuring justice is served"

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker said he supports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Booker, a Democratic senator from New Jersey, said in a statement that the inquiry is "our one remaining path to ensuring justice is served.”

Read his full statement:

Trump tweets in response to impeachment inquiry announcement: "Can you believe this?"

President Trump took to Twitter just minutes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry by the House, calling it "more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage."

He followed that tweet up with another in which he named several top House Democrats and asked, "Can you believe this?"

JUST IN: House launches formal impeachment inquiry

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi just announced Congress is launching a formal impeachment inquiry.

"The President must be held accountable. No one is above the law," she said.

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