Opinion by Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
Updated 5:57 PM ET, Wed September 25, 2019
(CNN) The White House transcript of President Donald Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should cause Republicans to tremble. It reveals that the President did push Zelensky to investigate Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Before asking Zelensky to “do us a favor” by helping with this investigation, he reminded him that the US has been “very, very good” to Ukraine.
This kind of stunning evidence of the President abusing his power is the reason that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally took the major step of throwing her full support behind the impeachment inquiry. The six committees currently investigating President Trump are now operating under one umbrella with the official mandate of determining whether to vote for articles of impeachment. Should they end up taking this vote, Trump would join a small list that includes only three other presidents who have faced impeachment since the establishment of the country (Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and William J. Clinton).