Trump Impeachment Inquiry

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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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