Donald Trump has come the closest to being impeached after US Democrats opened a formal inquiry into allegations that he sought help from a foreign power - Ukraine - to damage a political rival. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formal impeachment inquiry into Trump saying said the president "must be held accountable". Trump has denied any impropriety and called the efforts "breaking news Witch Hunt garbage".
However, Donald Trump is unlikely to face impeachment as the inquiry is unlikely to pass the Senate, where Republican Party has a clear majority.
Many Democrats have been calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump even before the latest 'Ukraine' controversy. The row was sparked after reports surfaced saying that an intelligence whistleblower had lodged a formal complaint about a phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
It is be alleged that during the conversation Trump threatened to withhold military aid to force Ukraine to investigate corruption allegations against former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Biden is currently the front-runner in the race for Democratic nominee for 2020 Presidential Elections.
Trump has already acknowledged discussing Joe Biden with Zelensky but said he was only trying to get Europe to step up assistance by threatening to withhold military aid.
Nancy Pelosi has been resisting the call to launch an impeachment inquiry so far. However, she finally made the call and said Trump had committed "a violation of the law", She called his actions "a breach of his constitutional responsibilities".
The times have found us. The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. pic.twitter.com/cHq7zgKJ1g— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 24, 2019
"This week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take action that would benefit him politically," she said, adding: "The president must be held accountable."
Trump reacted to the announcement with a series of tweets. He started tweeting even as Pelosi was speaking and continued to tweet after. In one, he wrote that Democrats "purposely had to ruin and demean" his "important" day at the United Nations "with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage." He also noted that Democrats hadn't yet seen a transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president.
PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage. So bad for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
The impeachment inquiry sets up the Democratic Party’s most direct and consequential confrontation with the president. However, some believe it may help Trump, whose popularity is at its lowest in months, rejuvenate his base.