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 HimesDemocrats get assurances from Cuccinelli on immigrants, coronavirus care Gaetz wears gas mask on House floor during vote on bill to fight coronavirus Democrats press World Bank chief on meeting with Ukrainian president amid Trump pressure MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that the House’s impeachment inquiry would likely be “narrowly focused” on allegations President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE withheld military aid to Ukraine to force an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner 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.”

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Himes added that while “there’s any number of issues you could take up with this president, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Attacking the Affordable Care Act in the time of COVID-19 DC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill 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.’”