Fact Check: Nancy Pelosi Launched Impeachment Inquiry Without Waiting for Evidence

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a Fed Up? Rise Up! rally outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC September 24, 2019. - US President Donald Trump swatted away mounting pressure from Democrats demanding his impeachment, rejecting accusations he had offered aid to Ukraine only if it investigated his political …

CLAIM: President Donald Trump only released the transcript of the Ukraine call after Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry.

VERDICT: FALSE. Trump said he would release it, then Democrats announced the inquiry.

House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) claimed during the Senate impeachment trial: “It was not until the launch of the House impeachment inquiry in late September and after intense public pressure that the rough transcript of the July 25 call was released.”

That is false. On Sep. 24, 2019, at 2:11 p.m. ET, President Trump announced that he had declassified the transcript of the Ukraine call and would release it the following morning.

Nearly three hours later, at 5:00 p.m. ET, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that she had launched an impeachment inquiry against the president. She did not want to wait half a day to see the evidence for herself; she and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) were ready to proceed based on accusations by the so-called “whistleblower,” who only heard about the call from others.

Pelosi: The House Is 'Moving Forward with an Official Impeachment Inquiry'

Pelosi: The House Is ‘Moving Forward with an Official Impeachment Inquiry’

The following day, the transcript was formally released, and showed that the whistleblower claims were largely inaccurate: Trump had not pressured Ukraine and had not mentioned the 2020 election, among other inaccuracies.

The order of events is important. It establishes clearly that Trump was not forced to release the transcript, and that Pelosi and the Democrats refused to wait for the evidence before impeaching the president.

Jeffries lied to create a sense of guilt that simply was not there.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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