Progressive group calls for Pelosi to cancel congressional recess for impeachment

Progressive group calls for Pelosi to cancel congressional recess for impeachment
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Progressive group Indivisible on Tuesday called on House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90 MORE (D-Calif.) to cancel recess to focus on impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE.

"We're glad Speaker Pelosi finally said out loud what a majority of the Democratic Caucus and constituents have been saying for months: Donald Trump has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security, and betrayed the integrity of our elections," Leah Greenberg, the group's co-executive director, said in a statement.

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"Now, we need to see her words backed up with action: cancel recess, and get to a vote on articles of impeachment as soon as humanly possible. Every day that Trump is president is another day our democracy is broken and our national security is at risk," she added.

Pelosi on Tuesday formally backed an impeachment inquiry, a turnaround on the issue after months of pressure from progressives in the House.

Calls to move forward on impeachment have grown in recent days amid reports that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren MORE and his son Hunter Biden earlier this year.

Trump has defended his conversations with the Ukrainian leader and said he has authorized the release of a transcript of his July call with Zelensky.

The impeachment process is set to be interrupted by Congress leaving for recess on Sept. 30. It is not scheduled to return until Oct. 15.