Impeachment Inquiry: What to Know So Far

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Sept. 24, 2019. This came after a whisteblowers’ complaint that President Trump had pressed Ukrainian President Zelensky to interfere in the 2020 Presidential Election. The process as it’s happened until presently is outlined below:

Oct. 18: Secretary Rick Perry sends letter denying a subpoena from House Intelligence Committee. He was just one of many people involved in the investigation into the call between President’s Trump & Zelensky on July 25 following the advice to not participate in the “constitutionally invalid” inquiry, given by the President’s Counsel Pat A. Cipollone on Oct. 8.

Oct. 17: Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings dies at 68 in Baltimore, MD.  Cummings was Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, one of the committee’s leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. He died due to long-standing health issues that he did not clarify before leaving for the procedure.

Several key political figures made statements of condolences and praise for the Baltimore representative whose service to MD had spanned decades, beginning locally in 1983. He was first elected to the House in 1996.

Oct. 17: Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces he will resign by the end of the year.

Oct. 15: President Trump’s Attorney Rudy Giuliani states he won’t participate in what he calls the “illegitimate, unconstitutional and baseless” impeachment inquiry.

Oct. 10: Democrat Adam Schiff, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee sent letters conveying subpoenas to several prominent members involved in the inquiry, among them being Secretary Rick Perry, and two associates of Trump’s Attorney Rudolph, most widely known as Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. 

Oct. 8: The White House releases a press statement calling the Democrat’s impeachment inquiry “partisan political theater.” This follows a letter from Pat A. Cipollone, the Counsel to the President stating the President Trump and his Administration cannot take part in the impeachment inquiry, calling it as “baseless, unconstitutional effort to overturn the democratic process.” 

Sept. 30-Oct. 15: The House of Representatives went into a two week recess for a district work period, but unofficially for the celebrations of Yom Kippur & Columbus Day.

Sept. 25: The White House releases a declassified transcript of the call between President’s Trump & Zelensky on July 25.

Sept. 24: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump following a whisteblowers’ complaint that he had urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate son, Hunter, of possible 2020 rival Joseph (Joe) Biden. Temple Update’s Conall Smith visited Capitol Hill to speak a few representatives about whether they support the inquiry or not.

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