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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has seemed to change her mind on impeachment. At the least, she is letting the Democrats conduct a formal impeachment inquiry.
Speaker Pelosi's announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry beginning followed reporting all afternoon that she would take this path.
As CNBC reported
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to announce a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday, two sources told CNBC.
Earlier Tuesday, Pelosi said that Democrats are “ready,” when asked whether she and her caucus will take steps toward Trump’s impeachment.
“That’s why I’ve said as soon as we have the facts, we’re ready. Now we have the facts, we’re ready … for later today,” Pelosi said at The Atlantic Festival in response to a question about impeachment.
The Washington Post reported earlier Tuesday afternoon that Pelosi would announce a formal impeachment inquiry after meeting with Democratic lawmakers.
It is unclear if this risk will pay off as an election year approaches. The impeachment inquiry could hurt the Democrats.
Some have speculated that President Trump could have baited Pelosi into starting this inquiry.
If impeached the Republican-controlled Senate would have to remove him from office which is unlikely.