WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is joining other politicians in calling for the House of Representatives to begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Durbin, one of the highest-ranking Democrats in the Senate, took to the Senate floor on Tuesday after reports the president withheld millions of dollars in military aid for Ukraine to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President and 2020 hopeful Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“As I consider the revelations that President Trump is using his office to extort Ukraine to support his political re-election campaign, I wonder why there is so much silence on the other side of the aisle,” the senator said. “This is an outrageous development.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced the formal impeachment inquiry Tuesday evening. She said “no one is above the law.”
“We are sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Durbin said. “[…] We have reports that President Trump is at it again, trying to strongarm the leader of Ukraine to join him in attacking one of President Trump’s political rivals, Joe Biden.”
Pelosi was resisting calls for impeachment for months until recently, when more prominent Democratic figures came out in support of moving forward with the process.
“No president can solicit or strongarm a foreign country to further his own campaign,” Durbin said.