Democrats de­bate widen­ing ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment

SOME WANT TO IN­CLUDE MUELLER FIND­INGS But mod­er­ates and party lead­ers fear blow­back

The Washington Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY RACHAEL BADE

House Democrats are de­bat­ing whether to ex­pand ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment to in­clude charges be­yond abuse of power in the Ukraine con­tro­versy, set­ting up a po­ten­tial in­ter­nal clash as the party races to im­peach Pres­i­dent Trump by Christ­mas­time.

Mem­bers of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee and other more lib­eral-minded law­mak­ers and con­gres­sional aides have been pri­vately dis­cussing the pos­si­bil­ity of draft­ing ar­ti­cles that in­clude ob­struc­tion of jus­tice or other “high crimes” they be­lieve are clearly out­lined in spe­cial coun­sel Robert S. Mueller III’S re­port — or al­le­ga­tions that Trump has used his of­fice to ben­e­fit his bot­tom line.

The idea, how­ever, is run­ning into re­sis­tance from some mod­er­ate Democrats wary of im­peach­ment blow­back in their GOPlean­ing dis­tricts, as well as Demo­cratic lead­ers who sought to keep im­peach­ment nar­rowly fo­cused on al­le­ga­tions that Trump pres­sured Ukraine to in­ves­ti­gate his po­lit­i­cal ri­vals, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity to talk freely.

The de­bate is ex­pected to play out in lead­er­ship and cau­cus meet­ings this week, as the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee pre­pares to hand the im­peach­ment in­quiry to the House Ju­di­ciary Com

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