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Pelosi Uncorks Impeachment Probe With Few Answers and High Risks

  • Process has become the partisan exercise she sought to avoid
  • Public phase of inquiry holds risk for Trump and for Democrats
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Pelosi Calls This 'a Sad Day' as House Votes on Impeachment Rules

Nancy Pelosi has launched a new phase of the impeachment inquiry with no explicit timetable, no defined scope of what to investigate, no guarantee the White House will cooperate and not a single Republican vote -- in many ways taking Congress and the country into the exact politically perilous place she long sought to avoid.

The vote puts pressure on President Donald Trump, who now is all but certain to face a vote on articles of impeachment in the coming months. But the onus also falls on Pelosi to finish what she started, with only the slimmest majority of public support in polls and many nervous Democrats who know voters will hold them to account for what happens.