Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

The inquiry comes after a whistleblower complaint with the Office of Intelligence Community Inspector General over a phone call made by Trump to a foreign leader.

Republicans responded with a statement shortly after.

UPDATE 5:10 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce Tuesday a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, according to multiple reports.

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A growing number of Democrats have shown support for beginning an impeachment inquiry, spurred by recent reports that a U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against the president last month.

Citing unidentified Democratic officials, the Washington PostThe New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported Pelosi would back the move to begin a formal inquiry.

"I've said to people, 'As soon as we have the facts, we're ready,'" Pelosi said earlier Tuesday while speaking at The Atlantic Festival. "Now we have the facts. We're ready. For later today."

Pelosi is expected to speak publicly about the path forward at 5 p.m. EDT.

At issue is a summer phone call Trump had with Ukraine's president, which came to Congress' attention through a whistleblower complaint. Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong in the call, but has suggested he raised Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter as part of discussions over corruption in Ukraine — despite no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of either man.

Trump announced Tuesday on Twitter that he authorized the release of a transcript of the conversation.

"You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call," the president wrote.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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