Pelosi says House will move forward with impeaching President Trump

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday the House will move forward with impeaching President Trump, saying his actions and the results of an investigation had left them no choice.

"The president's actions have seriously violated the constitution," Pelosi said in a televised address against a backdrop of American flags. "Our Democracy is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act."

Pelosi's announcement was not entirely unexpected, but is a dramatic development nonetheless that increases the likelihood the House could vote on formal impeachment articles against Trump before Christmas.

Pelosi described Trump's contacts with Ukraine as a threat to the country and one that warrants action.

"Today, I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment," she said.

In particular, Pelosi pointed to Trump abusing power, saying he undermined U.S. national security.

Pelosi delivered the statement from the Speaker’s Balcony Hallway, which is where she announced the launch of the impeachment inquiry in September.

The announcement comes one day after the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing that weighed whether to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump since the Ukraine whistleblower first brought forward allegations about the president pressuring Ukraine to open to investigations that would benefit him politically.