I assume the impeachment inquiry will be narrowly focused with a simple message.
But it looks like the Articles of Impeachment will go beyond the Ukraine scandal.
For example, the Resolution from last week directs all committees to continue looking into . . .
2/ . . . possible grounds for impeachment. That widens the scope beyond Ukraine.
Also, two committees are working hard to get Trump’s Deutsch Bank Records.
And there’s the tax records that the House should be getting soon. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/11/trump-accounting-firm-mazars-usa-must-turn-over-documents-court-says/2273146001/ …
3/ Plus, the House is still trying to get the Mueller Grand Jury material.
I don't think they'd go to all that trouble if they didn't think they'd use that material—nor would they open the impeachment resolution by flagging all those investigations.
4/ Plus there's all that obstruction and witness tampering, right there in plain sight ⤵️
I suspect (but I have no way to know) that things like witness tampering will be framed as an abuse of power instead of federal code violation.
5/ The way Trump targets and harasses private citizens who he doesn't like is an intolerable abuse of power.
@CheriJacobus, to take one example, has some hair-raising stories.
Pelosi likes the phrase "All Roads Lead to Putin" . . .
6/ . . . which of course, is the focus of the investigation into the financials: To what extent is Trump financially beholden to Putin?
So while I expect a simple framing, it does seem that the Articles will go beyond the Whistleblower's complaint.
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