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Impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump in September 2019

An impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump began on September 24, 2019, when Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, announced in a televised speech the beginning of a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States.[1][2][3]

It began after President Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani repeatedly wanted the Ukrainian government to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden,[4] in what was seen as an attempt to hurt Biden's candidacy for president and for Trump to gain advantages in the 2020 election.

In July prior to the phone call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump stopped military aid to Ukraine; he released the hold in September.[5]

Further revelations have been revealed, including; President Trump claiming to Russian officials in 2017 that he was unconcerned with Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election,[6] U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participating in the phone call to the Ukrainian President despite not being present in the released memo from the Trump Administration,[7] as well as President Trump also pressuring Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a phone call to investigate the origins of the Mueller Report in an attempt to discredit it.[8]

On October 28, 2019, Speaker Pelosi announced she would hold a floor vote on a resolution to formally establish the procedures for the impeachment hearings.[9] On October 31, 2019, the House voted 232–196 to create procedures for public hearings.[10]

The inquiry ended on December 3. On December 5, Nancy Pelosi asked the Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump.[11] On December 16, the House Judiciary Committee released a report specifying criminal bribery and wire fraud charges as part of the abuse of power charge.[12] The house voted to impeach Trump on December 18, 2019.[13] On February 5, 2020 the Senate acquitted Trump on both count. The votes were 52-48 to acquit on the first count and 53-47 to acquit on the second count.[14][15]

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  1. Bade, Rachael; DeBonis, Mike (September 24, 2019). "Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry, says Trump's courting of foreign political help is a 'betrayal of national security'". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  2. Fandos, Nicholas (September 24, 2019). "Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  3. Przybyla, Heidi; Edelman, Adam (September 24, 2019). "Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry of Trump". NBC News. Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  4. Barnes, Julian E.; Schmidt, Michael S.; Vogel, Kenneth P.; Goldman, Adam; Haberman, Maggie (September 20, 2019). "Trump Pressed Ukraine's Leader on Inquiry Into Biden's Son". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on September 23, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. Demirjian, Karoun; Dawsey, Josh; Nakashima, Ellen; Leonnig, Carol D. (September 23, 2019). "Trump ordered hold on military aid days before calling Ukrainian president, officials say". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on September 25, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  6. Harris, S., Dawsey, J., Nakashima, E. (September 27, 2019). "Trump told Russian officials in 2017 he wasn't concerned about Moscow's interference in U.S. election". Washington Post. Retrieved September 30, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. Rodrigo, Chris Mills (2019-09-30). "Pompeo took part in Trump-Zelensky call: report". TheHill. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  8. Mazzetti, Mark; Benner, Katie (2019-09-30). "Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry's Origins". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  9. Ferris, Sarah; Caygle, Heather (October 28, 2019). "House to vote on resolution establishing next steps in impeachment inquiry". POLITICO. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  10. "Trump impeachment: House votes to formalise inquiry". BBC News. October 31, 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  11. Fandos, Nicholas; Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (2019-12-05). "Pelosi Says House Will Begin Drafting Impeachment Charges Against Trump". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  12. "Democrats accuse Trump of criminal bribery, wire fraud in report that explains articles of impeachment". The Washington Post. December 16, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  13. Shear, Michael D.; Baker, Peter (19 December 2019). "Trump Impeachment Vote Live Updates: House Votes to Impeach Trump for Abuse of Power". The New York Times.
  14. "How senators voted on Trump's impeachment". Politico. February 5, 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  15. Fandos, Nicholas (February 5, 2020). "Trump Acquitted of Two Impeachment Charges in Near Party-Line Vote". The New York Times.