(The update as of 5pm ET is that Nancy Pelosi has indeed announced a formal impeachment inquiry. See that here, or read on for more of the latest.) Major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NBC News are reporting by way of sources that Nancy Pelosi will announce a formal impeachment inquiry of the president within hours. Her statement will come after an all-caucus meeting scheduled for 4pm ET. The Post reports that the House speaker may create a "select committee" to conduct a possible impeachment, rather than having the House Judiciary panel handle it. More:
- We'll hear it straight from Pelosi's mouth around 5pm ET, but the AP reports she gave up some "hints" while appearing at the Atlantic Festival in Washington. "We have gotten to this different place, use any metaphor," she said, suggesting "crossing the Rubicon" and a "new day is dawning." "This is a very serious, in a class of its own, (the) discussion that we're having about the conduct of the president of the United States."