Trump's GOP challengers call for impeachment at debate

Two of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s challengers for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination called for his impeachment during a Tuesday evening debate.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won’t campaign or raise money The Hill’s Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party MORE (R) and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshBottom line ABC’s Whoopi Goldberg to headline Biden fundraiser with Sen. Tammy Duckworth Trump shares video of protesters confronting reporter: ‘FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL’ MORE (R-Ill.) agreed that Trump needs to be removed from office during the event, which was hosted by Business Insider hours after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) announced the formal launch of an impeachment inquiry into Trump. 

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“The president of the United States will be impeached very, very soon. The president of the United States will deserve to be impeached very, very soon,” Walsh said in his opening statement.

“I’m not debating Bill Weld,” Walsh added. “The problem is an unfit president in the White House who took a divided country and is it is dividing it even more.”

Weld similarly appeared supportive of impeachment proceedings.

“Cold hard facts from evidence under oath will have been hammered out in those proceedings,” he said. “I think it’s a nightmare for Donald Trump, and he has no way of stopping it before the election.”

Neither Trump nor fellow primary challenger former South Carolina Gov. Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party Trump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries MORE (R) attended the event. Moderators said that Trump did not respond to their invitation and Sanford had a scheduling conflict. 

Sanford, Weld and Walsh face an uphill battle in their challenges to Trump for the 2020 GOP nod. Polling has showed broad support for the president among Republicans, and several state parties have voted to cancel their primary elections in support of him. 

Pelosi on Tuesday announced the impeachment inquiry after reports that Trump had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and his son after withholding aid from Ukraine. 

The White House on Wednesday released a partial transcript of the July call in which Trump said “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.” 

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The president said he withheld aid because he wanted other countries to give more money to help Ukraine.

He has slammed the inquiry as a “witch hunt” and denied any wrongdoing.

Pelosi’s announcement followed a new wave of support for impeachment proceedings from House Democrats following the Ukraine revelations.

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