House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
“The president must be held accountable,” she said Tuesday. Pelosi has been pressured for months on impeachment by congressional and grass-roots progressives. An intelligence community whistleblower raised concerns over a phone call last July that Trump held with Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, pushing more moderate Democrats to support an impeachment inquiry.
Trump admitted that he asked Ukraine to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, and ordered withholding of Ukrainian aid. Such behavior may rise to the “high crimes and misdemeanors” standard for impeachment. But isn’t Trump already deserving of an impeachment inquiry many times over?
On May 17, 2017, less than three months into Trump’s presidency, Democratic Rep. Al Green of Houston was the first to take to the House floor calling for Trump’s impeachment. Within days, Green, who is African American, was receiving death threats. One voicemail threatened: “You ain’t gonna impeach nobody, you (bleep). Try it, and we’ll lynch all you (bleep). You’ll be hanging from a tree.”