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Democrats debate scope of impeachment charges


Added 12-04-19 06:57:03pm EST - “Democrats are debating how broadly to make their impeachment case against President Trump, with some lawmakers seeking to expand the list of charges even as Judiciary Committee members signal a relatively narrow approach.” - Thehill.com

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Democrats are debating how broadly to make their impeachment case against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop Democrat: 'Obstruction of justice' is 'too clear not to include' in impeachment probe Former US intel official says Trump would often push back in briefings Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number MORE, with some lawmakers seeking to expand the list of charges even as Judiciary Committee members signal a relatively narrow approach.

House Democrats at the first Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing on Wednesday gave the clearest sign yet of the scope of their likely articles by unveiling posters featuring three possible charges: abuse of power and bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice. 

“I’m for a keep-it-simple scope,” Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Democrats look to next steps in impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), a Judiciary Committee member, told The Hill during a brief break from the Wednesday hearing.

The charts provided a clear signal of intent by the Judiciary Committee, as did counsel Norm Eisen’s pointed questions to a panel of constitutional experts about whether Trump had committed the impeachable offenses. Three witnesses invited by Democrats all answered affirmatively.

Yet some Democrats are pushing for expanding the scope of impeachment articles beyond Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate his political opponents.

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