US Speaker launches Trump impeachment inquiry

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on September 24, 2019 the start of a formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump in the US House of Representatives. FILE PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • President has denounced the inquiry as "Witch Hunt garbage" -- while also claiming it would help his re-election chances in 2020.
  • Launching an impeachment probe is a politically perilous move, coming just as both parties begin to gear up for next year's elections.
  • Now that a formal inquiry has been made, a committee would normally be assigned the task of gathering evidence to support the case against the president.



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