Inquiry needs support of full House

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Opinion

September 25, 2019 - 10:34 AM

The firestorm over President Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine — and a seemingly related complaint by a whistleblower in the intelligence community — appears to be shifting some Democrats’ attitudes toward impeachment. By his own admission, Trump told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that “we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son [adding to] the corruption already in the Ukraine.” The conversation took place at a time when U.S. military aid to Ukraine was being held up.

The revelations about the Trump-Zelensky conversation could prove to be an inflection point. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has been cautious about impeachment because of the possible harm it might cause to the reelection campaigns of Democrats from Trump-friendly districts, seems to be about to change course. She is reportedly exploring the possibility of a select committee to handle impeachment proceedings and, according to CNN, she plans to put some sort of Ukraine-related resolution before the House on Wednesday.

That could put pressure on Joseph Maguire, acting director of National Intelligence, to turn over to Congress the unnamed whistleblower’s complaint, which the intelligence community’s internal watchdog found to be “urgent” and “credible.” Maguire is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

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