Judiciary Democrat says House should focus on Ukraine, avoid Mueller report in articles of impeachment

Judiciary Democrat says House should focus on Ukraine, avoid Mueller report in articles of impeachment
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Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBusiness groups start gaming out a Biden administration Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-Calif.) said the House Democrats should focus on the Ukraine controversy and avoid the Mueller report when drafting articles of impeachment.

The Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee said on ABC’s “This Week” that she thinks the House should focus on claims backed up by “direct evidence,” and “there is a lot of direct evidence” of abuse of power in the Ukraine scandal. 

“The Mueller report is a report,” she said. “We don't have a direct witness testimony for most of that, so I think we'd be on firmest ground to move forward where we have direct evidence as with the report we will receive tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. from the Intelligence Committee.”

ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSenate Republican says lawmakers can't 'boil down' what a Court nominee would do in one case like Roe v. Wade Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' Colbert implores Pelosi to update 'weaponry' in SCOTUS fight: 'Trump has a literal heat ray' MORE also asked Lofgren about witnesses, like former White House counsel Don McGahn and acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOn The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security Blockchain trade group names Mick Mulvaney to board Mick Mulvaney to start hedge fund MORE, who haven’t testified in the inquiry. Lofgren said she does not want to wait 18 months like “the last time we fully litigated” against the president’s claim of executive immunity.

“And so the question is, with the evidence we have, can we make a sound conclusion?” she said. “I think we can, but when we get our presentation tomorrow from the Intelligence Committee … can we reach a conclusion and move forward as our responsibility under the constitution provides, and I think the answer is likely yes.”

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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif.) announced last week that the House will draft articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE

The House began its official impeachment inquiry into the president after a whistleblower report accused Trump of asking the Ukrainian president for information on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE and his son, days after withholding military aid from the country.

House Democrats have debated whether details in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by Trump, released earlier this year, should also be included in the articles of impeachment.