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Formal impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump to be made

September 26th, 2019 | Tags:
US President Donald Trump has been accused of abusing his presidential powers by seeking help from a foreign government to undermine former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic frontrunner, and help his own re-election. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that the United States House of Representatives would launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election-year clash between Congress and the president.

The announcement came amid reports that Trump may have abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic frontrunner, and help his own re-election. 

In a summer phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Trump asked for help investigating Biden, according to a White House-released summary of the call. In the days before the call, Trump ordered advisers to freeze $400m in military aid for Ukraine - prompting speculation that he was holding out the money as leverage for information on Biden. Trump has denied that charge but acknowledged he blocked the funds, later released.

The Trump-Ukraine phone call is part of the whistle-blower's complaint that was released this week. 

Trump has blasted the inquiry as "Witch Hunt garbage" and said he has done nothing wrong.

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