House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses a gathering of the South Carolina Democratic Party on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Greenville, South Carolina. Photo by MEG KINNARD / AP) WASHINGTON — After more than two years of jousting over President Donald Trump's conduct, the ground has shifted in Congress and a move toward impeachment has broken free of constraints. That does not mean the path ahead is all set. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who for months had been a powerful brake on restive Democrats wanting to impeach Trump — launched a formal inquiry toward that end, accusing the president of "betrayal of his oath of office," betrayal of national security and betrayal of the integrity of American elections. A look at the matter and what's known about what happens next: Next steps Six House committees are investigating various aspects of alleged impropriety by the president, with the intelligence committee taking the lead in examining Trump's actions with Ukraine. The investigations are on an expedited basis, though with no specific deadline. Ultimately, the House Judiciary Committee would be the panel responsible for recommending any articles of impeachment against Trump. If the panel backs impeachment articles, the matter goes to… Read full this story
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