Judiciary Democrat: House impeaching Trump not a 'foregone conclusion'

Judiciary Democrat: House impeaching Trump not a 'foregone conclusion'
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Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Meet Pelosi's 7 impeachment managers MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the House’s impeachment of 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 not a “foregone conclusion.”

Lofgren said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the House has not begun drafting articles for the impeachment of the president. The Democrat, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, predicted the articles won’t be drafted until after the committee’s hearing this week.

“I think the evidence that is being presented to us by the Intelligence Committee really focuses on the Ukraine matter, so -- as well as the obstruction,” she told Dana BashDana BashEvelyn Yang shares that she was sexually assaulted by doctor Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Republicans attack Pelosi for impeachment stalemate MORE. “If we do articles -- and that's not a foregone conclusion -- that would be the central thrust, I would assume.”

Bash followed up with asking if Lofgren “really” doesn’t think “it’s a foregone conclusion” if the Democrat said the evidence exists from the July 25 phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. 

Lofgren responded by saying this week’s hearings are to determine what the Constitution means when it says impeachment could be sparked by treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. 

“I mean, there's plenty of misconduct in the history of the United States among presidents, but it's not all impeachable,” she said.

The representative, who worked during the Nixon and Clinton impeachments, said the allegations against Trump are worse than those against Nixon.

The Judiciary Committee will hold hearings this week, and Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE invited the president to participate, although the White House has not responded yet. These hearings follow the House Intelligence Committee's public hearings.