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 HimesMany Democrats want John Bolton's testimony, but Pelosi stays mum SEC's Clayton demurs on firing of Manhattan US attorney he would replace Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that the House’s impeachment inquiry would likely be “narrowly focused” on allegations President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE withheld military aid to Ukraine to force an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral 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: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Trump is betting big on the suburbs, but his strategy is failing 'bigly' Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor 'trailblazer' Ginsburg 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.’”