WASHINGTON: Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi was expected to announce a formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump on Tuesday (Sep 24), amid mounting allegations of abuse of power by the US president.Pelosi was to speak at 5.00pm (2100 GMT) after meeting with members of her party, where impeachment calls are surging despite concerns by the Democratic leadership that such a move could hurt their chances in the 2020 White House battle.Citing sources close to the speaker, several US media reported Pelosi would announce the start of a formal impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, the first step in a process that could ultimately lead to Trump’s removal from office.”It’s absolutely essential that the president be held accountable. No one is above the law,” Pelosi said at a Washington forum, without confirming her plans on impeachment.”I’ve said, as soon as we have the facts, we’re ready. Now we have the facts. We’re ready,” she said.The ramped-up calls for impeachment have been fuelled by a scandal over Trump’s reported attempt to pressure the incoming president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation into his main challenger for the White House, Joe Biden, and Biden’s son Hunter.Triggering the confrontation was an as… Read full this story
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