House announces formal impeachment inquiry, Pres. Trump calls it ‘presidential harassment’

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WASHINGTON (AP)- Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday from the speaker’s office at the Capitol saying “no one is above the law.”

The move puts the Democratic speaker’s stamp on the investigations that have been underway in the House.

Calls for an impeachment inquiry have intensified following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government’s help in his reelection bid.

Pelosi says the president “must be held accountable.”

He took to Twitter after Pelosi’s announcement, calling it a “total witch hunt.”

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy delivered comments shortly after the announcement, saying in part, “She does not speak for America when it comes to this issue.”

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Senator Sherrod Brown released a statement to 2 NEWS, saying: “Our intelligence officials are the best in the world, and when one of them raises concerns about our national security, I take that very seriously. No one is above the law, and it’s important we get to the bottom of what happened.”

Sen. Rob Portman stated:

“The American people want us to get things done for them rather than focus on more and more partisan investigations. The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry will distract Congress from the bipartisan legislative work we should be doing to find solutions and deliver results for the American people. My focus will remain on working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, and with the Trump Administration, to strengthen our economy, expand retirement security, pass USMCA to help Ohio farmers, workers, and manufacturers, tackle the opioid crisis, and pursue other priorities for Ohio.”

Senator Rob Portman

We have also reached out to Rep. Mike Turner, and Mayor Nan Whaley, who have yet to comment on the development.

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