Top House Democrat says impeachment inquiry to target ‘abuse of power’

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Jeffries also characterized the president’s discussion with the Ukrainian president as a “high-pressure tactic.”

The congressman drove the point home later on CNN’s “State of the Union,” charging there’s “serious evidence of wrongdoing,” referring to Trump’s apparent solicitation of foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election. He also said the president has sought to “undermine our national security and the integrity of our elections.”

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff echoed the sentiment on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying the scope of the House investigation will focus on the president’s bid to pressure Ukraine into helping Trump’s presidential campaign to “interfere in our election.”

“Some argue the cover-up is the bigger crime,” the California Democrat said, but he emphasized the more serious offense is that “the president is once again not just inviting but coercing a foreign nation to get involved to try to help him with yet another presidential election.”

Whether the House will vote to impeach Trump, Jeffries told “Fox News Sunday,” “remains to be seen.”