Pelosi focused on narrow impeachment probe on Ukraine: report

Pelosi focused on narrow impeachment probe on Ukraine: report
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House Democratic leaders emerged from a meeting Wednesday with a general consensus on framing the impeachment inquiry around President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE's efforts to pressure Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE, according to The Washington Post.

The Post reported that while no firm decisions were made at the meeting, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Social Security emerges as flash point in Biden-Sanders fight | Dems urge Supreme Court to save consumer agency | Trump to sign USMCA next week Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address MORE (D-Calif.) urged her colleagues to focus on the president's dealings with Ukraine for the sake of messaging during the leadership gathering.


Part of Pelosi's concern about a wider probe is keeping the fight out of the court system, which could lead to months of delay, according to the Post.

An aide to the Speaker stressed to The Hill that no decisions were made during the meeting.  

“There were no decisions made in that meeting. They didn't make any decisions about scope or timeline," the aide said.

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellMaking waves to protect America's waters Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE (D-Mich.) told the Post after the meeting that she agreed with the notion that an impeachment inquiry should be focused on the Ukraine scandal, though she declined to answer questions about what lawmakers discussed in private.

"I think we need to focus on what this very clear threat to national security and to our Constitution is,” she said. “I think a lot of the American people understand that ... and I think we need to focus on something that everybody understands.”

Pelosi announced the launching of an impeachment inquiry into the president Tuesday afternoon after days of battling the White House over the contents of a whistleblower complaint regarding Trump's conversation with a foreign leader, reportedly involving Ukraine.

The White House released a memo detailing the president's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday revealing that Trump brought up a "favor," meaning the potential investigation into Hunter Biden, after discussing military aid to the country earlier in the conversation.