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 LofgrenTop Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility House passes legislation to boost election security research MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the House’s impeachment of 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 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 BashTrump says officials will investigate whether California is using 1619 Project in classrooms Veterans Affairs secretary defends Trump: 'I judge a man by his actions' GOP senator dismisses national intelligence director election security briefings: 'This is blown way out of proportion' 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. 

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“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 NadlerSchumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence House passes bill to protect pregnant workers MORE invited the president to participate, although the White House has not responded yet. These hearings follow the House Intelligence Committee's public hearings.