(JTA) — Three Jewish lawmakers head House committees that would take the lead in impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that she is launching an impeachment inquiry stemming from allegations that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter over alleged ties to a corrupt Ukrainian energy company. Joe Biden is leading in the polls among Democratic candidates seeking to oust Trump next year.
“The president must be held accountable; no one is above the law,” Pelosi said.
Three of the House committees that would have a central role in impeachment proceedings are headed by Jewish lawmakers: Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Mass.), heads Intelligence; Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn), Judiciary; and Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), Foreign Affairs.
The allegations of presidential misdeeds are contained in a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower filed with the intelligence community’s inspector general. The inspector general, Michael Atkinson, deemed the complaint “credible and urgent,” which by law necessitated informing Congress — but the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, refused. Democrats want the report to be released.
Pelosi, who until now has resisted calls from many Democrats to start formal impeachment proceedings, fearing a political backlash, is weighing creating a committee to probe Trump’s involvement with Ukraine, according to The Times.
On Tuesday, Trump said that he would allow the transcript of his conversation with Zelensky to be released.