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Impeachment Inquiry Is Here, So What Happens Now?

Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York.
Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York.

A formal impeachment inquiry into the administration of President Donald J. Trump was called for this week by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The White House countered by releasing a memo detailing a phone conversation between Trump and the Ukrainian president which administration officials claim should put to bed any allegations that Trump was asking for a quid pro quo from that nation's government.

At issue is whether Trump held up U.S. military aid from Ukraine until that country agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden over business dealings there. Partisan responses have been sharp, with some claiming the White House memo is a "smoking gun" for the impeachment proceedings, while others have argued that there is no "there" there.

Meanwhile, the race for the presidency on the Democratic side continues with Biden apparently slipping in some recent polls, both nationally and in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) may be the new front runner.

We discuss the latest out of Washington, D.C. and from the Democratic campaign trail. Joining Cincinnati Edition is the Political Junkie Ken Rudin (@kenrudin) and Northern Kentucky University political science professor Ryan Salzman (@rwsalzman).

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