House Democrat: Impeachment inquiry 'likely to stay narrowly focused'

House Democrat: Impeachment inquiry 'likely to stay narrowly focused'
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Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesSunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions Intelligence Committee Democrat: 'No requirement' for impeachment inquiry vote Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that the House’s impeachment inquiry would likely be “narrowly focused” on allegations President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE withheld military aid to Ukraine to force an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Giuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry MORE.

“I think it’s likely to stay narrowly focused on what is a threat to our national security,” Himes said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”


Himes added that while “there’s any number of issues you could take up with this president, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.) “understands that Americans feel in their bones, in their hearts a challenge to our national security, this kind of corruption, they understand that a lot better than they understand obstruction of justice or refusal to abide by congressional subpoenas.”

Himes said that amid reports of a second whistleblower complaint regarding Trump’s July call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, this one reportedly from a source with firsthand knowledge of the call, “we’re sitting here watching the information flow out of the White House.”

“What’s happening is people around the president, professionals who are in the Oval Office, who are in the situation room are watching what is happening and are finally saying ‘my God, this cannot happen anymore,’ and they are coming forward,” Himes told CBS’ Margaret Brennan. “The president’s real problem is that his behavior has finally gotten to a place where people are saying ‘enough.’”