Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House would
begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump, opening a
fresh chapter of confrontation in response to startling
allegations that the president sought to enlist a foreign power
for his own political gain.
“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously
violated the Constitution,” she said after emerging from a meeting
of House Democrats in the basement of the Capitol. Mr. Trump, she
said, “must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”
The announcement was a stunning development that unfolded after
months of caution by House Democrats, who have been divided over
using the ultimate remedy to address what they have called
flagrant misconduct by the president.