On Sept. 24, 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of an official impeachment inquiry against President Trump, only the fourth time Congress has taken up this type of inquiry into a president. Calls for an inquiry had grown after Trump acknowledged asking the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden, a key political rival.
This information is contained in a now-public whistleblower report that laid out the actions of Trump; his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani; and other officials in the United States and Ukraine. The report includes the allegation that White House officials used a classified computer system to hide documents that could be politically damaging, including a transcript of a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That the whistleblower complaint was about Trump’s communications with a foreign leader was first reported by The Post.
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A Guide to Impeachment
Updated Sept. 26, 2019
- Latest: Read our coverage of the impeachment inquiry.
- What Impeachment Is: Impeachment is charging a holder of public office with misconduct. Here are answers to seven key questions about the process.
- What the Accusation Is: President Trump is accused of breaking the law by pressuring the president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation connected to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a potential Democratic opponent in the 2020 election.
- What Was Said: The White House released a reconstructed transcript of Mr. Trump’s call to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.
- A Visual Timeline: Here are the key figures and dates as Mr. Trump and his allies pressured Ukraine to investigate his political opponents.
- Why Now: A whistle-blower complaint filed last month says that White House officials believed they had witnessed President Trump abuse his power for political gain. Here are 8 takeaways from the complaint.