Judiciary Democrat: House impeaching Trump not a ‘foregone conclusion’

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Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenSunday shows preview: Washington gears up for next round of impeachment hearings Top Democrat: Trump family separations ‘stained the legacy of our nation’ Hillicon Valley: TikTok faces lawmaker anger over China ties | FCC formally approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Silicon Valley lawmakers introduce tough privacy bill | AT&T in M settlement with FTC MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the House’s impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Intelligence Committee to review impeachment investigation report Monday Comedian Rosanne Barr to speak at Trumpettes’ Gala at Mar-A-Lago Israeli, Palestinian business leaders seek Trump boost for investment project 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 BashCNN’s Cuomo tries to discredit Trump on overhearing conversations without speakerphone Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award Charlize Theron: We didn’t want the politics to overshadow ‘Bombshell’ 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 NadlerGraham on House Judiciary’s impeachment plans: ‘Salem witches got a better deal’ Democrats vow court victories won’t slow impeachment timeline Maloney wins House Oversight gavel MORE invited the president to participate, although the White House has not responded yet. These hearings follow the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearings.

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