From virtually the moment that Democrats won control of the House in the 2018 midterms, one question has lingered over the newly empowered lawmakers: Would they move to impeach President Donald Trump?
Some were on board from the get-go—“we’re gonna impeach the motherf*cker!” said one new Michigan Representative just hours after being sworn in—while others wouldn’t get within 100 miles of the “I word.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrangled the fractious caucus for nearly a year, staying steady in her resistance.
Now she’s done resisting: Pelosi announced today a formal impeachment inquiry for the president, while President Trump wraps up a day at the United Nations General Assembly.
Pelosi teased the move earlier in the day in a conversation with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, telling a packed Washington crowd that “now we have the facts. We’re ready … for later today.” 👀Read more about the interview here.
Supporters of a regime change in Iran rally outside the United Nations headquarters in New York on the first day of the general debate at the U.N. General Assembly.
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid (INTS KALNINS / REUTERS)
Our national-security team sat down with the president of Estonia—a tiny NATO nation neighboring Russia—at the United Nations General Assembly.
Kersti Kaljulaid stunned many by expressing support of the NATO-skeptical U.S. president:
“Frankly speaking, I’m on the same page” as Trump regarding the 2-percent requirement, Kaljulaid—an earnest, 49-year-old socially liberal policy wonk who in style is Trump’s polar opposite—told us.
“Actually I’m quite sorry: Thinking back historically, when everybody else said it nicely, we didn’t react,” she continued. “I mean, Barack Obama said so as well, and then we said, ‘It’s all fine and dandy but we don’t see it’s a necessity.’ It’s an irony that with this more transactional policy-making style [of Trump’s], we are now in Europe discussing 2 percent” and promising to devote $100 billion more to security by the end of 2020, which “is not peanuts.”
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