Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump, charging him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power to tarnish a rival for his own political gain.
Ms. Pelosi’s declaration, after months of reticence by Democrats who had feared the political consequences of impeaching a president many of them long ago concluded was unfit for office, was a stunning turn that set the stage for a history-making and exceedingly bitter confrontation between the Democrat-led House and a defiant president who has thumbed his nose at institutional norms.
“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” Ms. Pelosi said in a brief speech invoking the nation’s founding principles. Mr. Trump, she added, “must be held accountable — no one is above the law.”
Pelosi’s statement was amusing, to say the least, considering that for eight years, while Barack Obama was president, he repeatedly acted above the law, without Pelosi caring one bit about accountability. When Republicans in Congress investigated various Obama administration scandals, she stood with Obama, not the rule of law.
Between Democrats calling all attempts to hold Obama accountable partisan witch-hunts, and the media refusing to report on Obama’s scandals, Obama truly felt above the law—so much so that his presidency was always under a cloud of scandal.
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