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Pelosi Impeachment Gambit Brings Peril for Trump—and Democrats

  • White House releases rough transcript of controversial call
  • Pelosi called for formal impeachment inquiry on Tuesday
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Pelosi says Trump has violated his oath of office.Source: Bloomberg
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump will consume the nation’s attention, grind the work of government to a halt and ultimately determine whether the president heads into re-election damaged or emboldened.

Pelosi on Tuesday threw the weight of her office behind an impeachment she’s been reluctant to embrace -- until allegations surfaced last week that Trump improperly pressured the government of Ukraine. That has set her on course for a constitutional clash with Trump, who quickly assailed the proceedings as “Witch Hunt garbage” and vowed a vigorous defense.