House Democrats Face Tough Choices on Impeachment Approach
By Masood Farivar
Voice of America (VOA) News
Oct. 23, 2019
In a document that provides a foretaste of the Democratic impeachment arguments, Pelosi on Monday highlighted Trump’s alleged “shakedown” and “pressure campaign” on Ukraine, repeatedly casting the president’s actions as abuse of power. The four-page fact sheet copiously cites from the rough transcript of a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy, a whistleblower complaint about the scheme, text messages exchanged between diplomats, and recent congressional testimonies.
“My read of the fact sheet is that there is at least a significant faction within the House Democrats who want to focus specifically on Ukraine as a way of narrowing the articles of impeachment so as to keep the investigation simple, straightforward, and in many respects, clear cut,” said James Sample, a law professor at Hofstra University in New York.
“I think the Democrats are faced with a crisis of complexity, which is to say that if all of the possible bases to pursue articles of impeachment against Donald Trump would be simultaneously pursued and investigated, the American people, particularly in an election year, might find the complexity overwhelming,” Sample said.
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