Democratic lawmaker: Trump's 'high crimes' are 'hiding in plain sight'

 Democratic lawmaker: Trump's 'high crimes' are 'hiding in plain sight'
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Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinCongressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial questions; civil Democratic debate MORE (D-Md.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE's "high crimes" are "hiding in plain sight. 

Raskin's comment came after he was asked by MSNBC what still needs to be investigated after Trump openly encouraged the leaders of Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE

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"One of the confusing things about President Trump is that the crimes or the high crimes are hiding in plain sight for everyone to see," said Raskin, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, which is looking into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. 

Raskin added that he doesn't think the matter needs much more investigation. 

"The President cannot sell out our election, our national security and our constitution by bring other national state actors into our election," Raskin said. "That's precisely what he's now doing and essentially bragging about it in 2020 so I don't think there's much more investigation that needs to take place."

"We know exactly what he did," he added. "They've been in the business of trying to cover up the last crime, but then he just came right out and did it again today."

Democrats have recently launched an impeachment inquiry into the president. 

One matter lawmakers are looking into is Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he encouraged the leader to look into Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate.  

 "Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me," Trump said, according to a memo released by the White House. 

On Thursday, Trump publicly encouraged Ukraine and China to investigate Biden.

The constitution says that a president can be impeached for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”