More House Dems back impeachment after revelation Trump ordered block on Ukraine aid

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  •  More than half of the 235-member caucus of the House of Congress — 151 House Democrats — now support an impeachment inquiry amid President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal.
  • The latest call for impeachment comes after revelations that Trump pushed the Ukrainian government to investigate the Biden family.
  • Trump ordered his chief of staff to withhold $400 million in military aid for Ukraine in the days before his scrutinized phone call with  President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.



More than half of the 235-member caucus of the House of Congress — 151 House Democrats — now support an impeachment inquiry amid President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal.

The growing list of Dems includes 13 lawmakers who have come out in favor of action since reports last week that Trump urged Ukraine to check on the Biden family.

In addition to the 151 House Dems supporting some type impeachment action, former Republican congressman Rep. Justin Amash is also pro-impeachment, making the total number to 152.

According to a Washington Post op-ed article published Monday, seven freshman House Democrats called for impeachment hearings in response to the president’s Ukraine scandal. This may give House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the “cover” she is waiting for to back a formal impeachment proceeding against Trump, according to three sources who told NBC News.

Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Va., Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., Jason Crow, D-Colo., Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., and Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., said their experiences in the military, defense and U.S. intelligence agencies helped them made their decision.

“These allegations are stunning, both in the national security threat they pose and the potential corruption they represent,” wrote the seven freshmen in the op-ed.

The recent call for impeachment comes after revelations stating Trump pushed the Ukrainian government to investigate presidential contender Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who had business dealings in Ukraine.

According to Monday reports from The Washington Post and other news outlets, Trump ordered his chief of staff to withhold $400 million in military aid for Ukraine in the days before his scrutinized phone call with  President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.

Trump has already admitted to talking about Biden with Zelensky and, in discussing that conversation with reporters on Monday, tied the military aide to the country’s probing of corruption, NBC News reported.

“We want to make sure that country is honest. It’s very important to talk about corruption,” Trump said Monday. “If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?”

 

Source: AOL.com

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