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Washington – Following Speaker Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:

“Speaker Pelosi is absolutely correct to move forward with a full and formal impeachment inquiry. Moving ahead with the impeachment process should never be an easy decision, and we applaud the speaker for making this difficult but necessary decision. The president’s behavior with Ukraine strongly merits an impeachment inquiry on its own, but one would also be necessary without it. As when we first called for a formal impeachment inquiry in July, this president’s rampant corruption over the past two year and a half years necessitates it. From his repeated obstruction of the Mueller investigation to his conspiracy to defraud campaign finance law to his systematic acceptance of emoluments, President Trump has left no option but a full and formal impeachment inquiry.

None of what we have experienced over the last two and a half years was inevitable. He has not merely crossed the line, he has crossed the Rubicon. Congress must thoroughly investigate to uncover all the facts and must carefully analyze the mountains of evidence already known, and the president must be held responsible for his actions. At the start of each Congress, members of the House of Representatives and Senate take an oath to support and defend the Constitution. We have arrived at the time for them to act on those words.”