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 LofgrenHouse GOP blames Pelosi — not Trump — for Jan. 6 House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the House’s impeachment of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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 BashKey Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Klobuchar: If Breyer is going to retire from Supreme Court, it should be sooner rather than later Sunday shows - Surgeon general in the spotlight as delta variant spreads 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 NadlerBritney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer Activists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana MORE invited the president to participate, although the White House has not responded yet. These hearings follow the House Intelligence Committee's public hearings.