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US Congress initiates Trump impeachment procedure

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — U.S. House Speaker Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Congress is beginning to impeach President Donald Trump.

“I announce today that the House of Representatives is starting an official investigation (within) of impeachment,” Pelosi said in a special appeal.

According to her, Trump’s actions show that he “betrayed the presidency, national security and the integrity of our elections.”

Having finished the speech, Pelosi refused to answer questions from journalists.

The reason for the impeachment Pelosi believes Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, during which he allegedly demanded to start an investigation against Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate Joe Biden. This is precisely what Democrats see as “a violation of the integrity of the elections.”

To begin the official impeachment process, Trump was previously called on by US Rep. John Lewis, speaking at a chamber meeting on Tuesday.

The Washington Post , citing sources, wrote that behind closed doors Pelosi had a meeting with a number of unnamed members of the Democratic Party. They, in particular, discussed the creation of a special committee to conduct a possible impeachment of Trump. It is expected that this committee will be created a little later on Tuesday.

Trump reaction

Trump, learning about the beginning of the impeachment process, said that in doing so, the Democrats decided to ruin the “important day at the UN.”

“Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats deliberately destroyed and discredited it with the slag of new urgent messages from the witch hunt. So bad for our country! They didn’t even read the transcript of the call,” wrote on Twitter head of the white house.

Claims to Trump in Ukraine

A new reason for intensifying efforts to start impeachment was Trump’s telephone conversation with Zelensky in July 2019. In it, according to media reports, the American leader revealed some secret information and tried to force Kiev to launch an investigation against former vice president and participant in the presidential race Joe Biden.

Trump denies this and believes that this story was fabricated in order to shield Biden, whose son is allegedly involved in corruption in Ukraine.

Trump said on Tuesday that he allowed a full transcript of that conversation to be released on Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal , citing sources, said earlier that Trump repeatedly put pressure on Zelensky to open an investigation into Biden Hunter’s son. The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Vadim Pristayko, in an interview with hromadske, said that Trump did not put pressure on Zelensky.

Biden’s son Hunter served on the board of directors of the Burisma Group, which is one of the largest private gas companies in Ukraine. In 2016, when he was U.S. Vice President, Biden Sr. demanded that the Ukrainian authorities pursue a strict anti-corruption policy and, as part of this campaign, called for the resignation of the then attorney general, who also investigated the activities of Burisma.

At the same time, Yuri Lutsenko, who held the post of Prosecutor General, stated that he did not have evidence of offenses that Biden Sr. or his son could have committed on the territory of the country.

Impeachment procedure

According to the provisions of the US Constitution, the impeachment procedure involves an investigation by the House of Representatives, the results of which should then be considered by the Senate – the upper house of Congress.

Now the majority in the House of Representatives is with the Democrats, and in the Senate by the Republicans.

According to the Washington Post, Trump’s impeachment is supported by more than 150 of the 253 Democrats in the House of Representatives.

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