NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. announced today he is calling for the impeachment of President Trump, who is facing intense scrutiny stemming from a July phone call in which he is said to have pressed the leader of Ukraine about investigating former vice president Joe Biden and his son.

Pallone (D-6), who has offices on Church Street in New Brunswick, lent his voice Tuesday to a growing chorus of Democratic Party leaders calling for Trump's impeachment.

According to a statement released today through the congressman's office, Pallone believes the call to impeach Trump is an act to "protect the rule of law and our democracy."

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According to widespread published reports, Trump mentioned Biden, who is seeking the 202 Democratic presidential nomination, and his son, Hunter, in a July 25 conversation with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

It is widely believed a U.S. intelligence official reported the conversation, but the identity of the whistleblower has not been publicly disclosed.

And the fact that Trump has moved to shield the whistleblower report and the transcript of his conversation with Zelensky from being released to Congress has rankled many high-ranking Democrats and outraged others.

Pallone, who sits at the head of the powerful energy and commerce committee, called for Trump's impeachment hours before CNN reported that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Congress is launching a formal impeachment inquiry.

"For months, the President of the United States has failed to respect the authority endowed to Congress by the Constitution," Pallone said in a statement released today. "He has directed members of his Administration and former campaign officials to show contempt for Congressional subpoenas and investigations. The reports of a whistleblower complaint clearly call into question the oath the president took to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States above political, financial, and personal gain. The president has done more than enough to meet the legal standards to justify impeachment. It’s time for Congress to exercise its constitutional authority and impeach the president in order to protect the rule of law and our democracy. I will continue to uphold my responsibility to govern and carry out my legislative agenda, but no one – not even the President of the United States - is above the law."