WASHINGTON

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked lawmakers Thursday to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The step marks a dramatic escalation in the House’s hitherto impeachment probe, and comes just one day after the Judiciary Committee carried out its first public hearing into the matter.

“Today, I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” said Pelosi, referring to Judiciary Committee’s Jerry Nadler.

The House’s investigation is centered on Trump’s multiple requests to Zelensky to declare criminal investigations into leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as well as claims

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