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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 Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, according to The Washington Post.

The Post reported that while no firm decisions were made at the meeting, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged her colleagues to focus on the president’s dealings with Ukraine for the sake of messaging during the leadership gathering.

{mosads}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 Dingell (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.

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