US House's duty to proceed with impeachment inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her committee leaders have been notably shy about using the I-word. House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler has gone the furthest, announcing this weekend that his panel will begin investigations into President Donald Trump's "obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power".

Impeachment is "a long way down the road", said Mr Nadler, adding that "we're going to initiate proper investigations". But that doesn't go far enough. At this point, it would be an abdication of responsibility for the House not to pursue a single, formal, systematic impeachment inquiry.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2019, with the headline 'US House's duty to proceed with impeachment inquiry'. Print Edition | Subscribe