U.S. stocks closed sharply lower on Wednesday as investors digested the latest news out of Washington, with the Dow Jones averagine about 370 points lower, Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses, CNBC reported.
The broader S&P 500 and Nasdaq also lagged, dropping 1.8 percent and 2.6 percent respectively.
Stocks had rallied all year in part because of hope for lower corporate taxes. But "an impeachment proceeding would blow the market away," former General Electric CEO Jack Welch told CNBC.
"This is clearly Washington-driven," said Michael Shaoul, chairman and CEO of Marketfield Asset Management. "It's a lot like 1998-99, when the market had to deal with the [Monica] Lewinsky scandal."