House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday at an event host by "Atlantic Magazine" that President Trump's announcement that he would release an "unredacted" transcript of the phone call that was the subject of a whistleblower complaint this week is not enough. She said that she would announce an impeachment inquiry into the president at 5:00 pm on Tuesday.
"As soon as we have the facts, we’re ready," she said. "Now that we have the facts, we’re ready — for later today."
"We have many other, shall we say, candidates for impeachable offenses in terms of the Constitution, but this one is the most understandable by the public," Pelosi said about the accusation that Trump tried to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden. "It's really important to know this: There is no requirement that there be a quid-pro-quo in the conversation."
....You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
"We don't ask foreign governments to help us in our elections, that's what we tried to stop with Russia. It's wrong," Pelosi said.
She said she has tried to "avoid" an impeachment inquiry because it’s a "divisive" issue., but she said that if Trump did pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden, then he was "wrong."
The Speaker added, drawing applause from the audience: "The president is making lawlessness a virtue."
"It’s really sad to think that our president would perform an impeachable offense. You know, it’s hard. It’s hard to say we’ve gotten to that," she said.
"What would be an impeachable offense would be that that is proven in an investigation. And we have to have an investigation," Pelosi added.