Pelosi: "Impeachment now feels unavoidable." 30 minutes later Trump says he'll hand over transcript (VIDEO)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told friends behind the scenes that "impeachment now feels unavoidable," according to Axios, based on a conversation someone had with her last night.
Soon after the report from Nancy leaked today, President Donald Trump said he'll release the transcript of his call with Ukrainian's president, where he reportedly asked that they investigate Joe Biden for alleged corruption.
That was fast. Really fast.
Impeachment has been talked about for some time now, but this is the first time Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said she'll take up the issue, likely satisfying other Democrats who have been waiting for this day. She plans on speaking more on the subject later today.
Trump says he will hand over the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript," and he claims it was a "very friendly and totally appropriate call" that didn't have any "quid pro quo."
But, Pelosi says proof of quid pro quo isn't needed for impeachment. Merely asking the President of the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is enough in and of itself. Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani have already admitted they did this. So with those facts in order, how can Republicans avoid this? They may not be able to now.
Some more details: Even though Trump is now finally willing to release the transcript after much delay and endless questions about it, they still are refusing to turn over the whistleblower's complaint to Congress - something they are required by law to do. This is said to be greatly impacting Pelosi's thinking on impeachment.
Pelosi is now letting freshman members in the House count the votes in their caucus. Only 218 votes are needed to initiate formal impeachment proceedings. Right now, 154 members support it and that number is growing by the day.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is scheduled to speak before the House Intelligence committee on Thursday, and if by then the White House still refuses to hand over the whistleblower report, expect more Democrats to move ahead with the impeachment inquiry. It's likely they won't be able to resist the political pressure to do so.