Pelosi, Trump and impeachment: How the speaker got to ‘yes’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mr. President, she told him, “Undo it.”

With those two words, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered Donald Trump one last chance to avoid becoming only the fourth president in office to face impeachment proceedings .

By then, it was too late.

The night before, she already had started handwriting a draft of the speech she would deliver to the nation.

This account of the turn of events of recent days is based on interviews with lawmakers and aides. Some spoke on condition of anonymity because they were unauthorized to detail private conversations and events.

Pelosi’s decision to launch an impeachment inquiry Tuesday was set in motion even before that early morning phone call, the inevitable response to an administration that repeatedly defied Congress before refusing to turn over a whistleblower’s complaint against the president.

Trump pleaded innocence when he called Pelosi, D-Calif., shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, dashing to deliver his address at the United Nations.

At first he wanted to talk about gun violence legislation. Then the conversation turned to the fallout from a whistleblower’s complaint that he pushed Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a current Democratic presidential candidate.

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