Trump's Call To Ukrainian President Sparks Impeachment Talks

Doug Sovern
September 23, 2019 - 2:44 pm
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting on religious freedom at U.N. headquarters on September 23, 2019 in New York City.

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As President Donald Trump issues a new denial that he did anything wrong in his phone call with Ukraine's president, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is calling his behavior "a grave new chapter of lawlessness."

That one phone call has spurred a sudden, renewed momentum for impeachment among House Democrats.

Pelosi is demanding that Trump's acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire release the confidential whistleblower complaint to the House Intelligence Committee, as required by law. 

If not, she warns, the White House will trigger a whole new stage of investigation. 

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) who is on that committee, told KCBS Radop that even Pelosi, who's been reluctant to pursue impeachment, is turning a corner now:

“This conduct violates every principle in our Constitution, and that the president has crossed a red line,” Speier said. “There is no red line for many Republicans and the Senate majority. The president, basically, can do anything he wants and I don’t think they would speak up. That is a travesty.”

Trump first denied discussing Joe Biden's son's involvement with Ukraine. Then, he admitted he did bring up the Bidens, but he tried to justify it. Now, he says he didn’t pressure the Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden in return for U.S. military aid. 

“I didn’t do it,” Trump told reporters. “I hope you’re going to be able to see a call because I didn’t do it. But everybody’s looking for that call. And keep going the way you’re doing it because when you see the call, you’re going to be very surprised.”

Speier says if the Intelligence Director does not cooperate, the House may well take the rare step of finding him in contempt.