SPONSORED:

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
© Greg Nash

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenCurator estimates Capitol art damage from mob totals K Architect of the Capitol considering display on Jan. 6 riot Lawmakers say they are 'targets,' ask to boost security 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 StephanopoulosBrooke Baldwin to leave CNN Fauci: Stimulus bill needs to be passed for schools to reopen Coons blames McConnell for Trump acquittal: We needed 'more Republican courage' MORE also asked Lofgren about witnesses, like former White House counsel Don McGahn and acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOMB nominee gets hearing on Feb. 9 Republicans now 'shocked, shocked' that there's a deficit Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief 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.”

ADVERTISEMENT
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Republican attempts to appeal fine for bypassing metal detector outside chamber MORE (D-Calif.) announced last week that the House will draft articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills 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 BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.