Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been quietly sounding out top allies and lawmakers about whether the time has come to impeach President Trump, a major development as several moderate House Democrats resistant to impeachment suddenly endorsed the extraordinary step of trying to oust the president.
Meanwhile, just a short time after Trump's announcement, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, announced that his office had been in touch with the lawyer's representing the whistleblower who said that their client is willing to testify about the complaint. "No one is above the law", Pelosi said at a news conference Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with her party. Basically, Joe Biden's son Hunter is/was on the board of a Ukranian natural gas company called Burisma Holdings. It's not illegal to mention one's political opponents in a conversation if that's all that happened, so perhaps the transcript will exonerate Trump as he claims.
Pelosi warned in the letter, however, that "If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation".
President Trump denies any wrongdoing and will authorize the release of the call's transcript tomorrow, according to his later tweet. He didn't say whether he'd release the complaint from the whistle-blower, which has been blocked by the White House.
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Separately, Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the chamber would vote Wednesday on a resolution "making it clear Congress's disapproval of the administration's effort to block the release of the complaint and the need to protect the whistle-blower".
Trump and his unhinged personal attorney Rudy Giuliani have seized on a narrative, likely promulgated in online conservative circles, that Biden somehow influenced the decision to fire Shokin because he was "investigating his son".
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, told CNN on Monday that he hopes that he will have a chance to speak with the whistleblower, but would not weigh in on Trump's contacts with the Ukrainian President. But many of them began calling for action over the past two days.
In essence, it seems that Pelosi needed overwhelming permission to pursue impeachment from her own party, and now she's getting it. "It wasn't that I read the tea leaves in my district, it's that the specter of this particular set of incidents crossed the Rubicon for me on a national security issue, on a constitutional issue".