Pelosi wants narrow inquiry as caucus debates scope of impeachment

Mueller allegations not likely to be focus

By Manu Raju, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent
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(CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats in a private meeting Wednesday that she wants to focus the impeachment inquiry on Ukraine -- as Democrats debate how broad to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, according to several sources involved in the discussions.

Despite months of focus on the Mueller findings and allegations of obstruction of justice, Pelosi and top Democrats believe their strongest case for impeachment to the American public is over the President's ask that the Ukrainians investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

That means if Democrats draft articles of impeachment, it is likely to be focused on the Ukraine controversy -- not on allegations that Trump tried to thwart the Mueller probe since a broader resolution could make it more complicated to get the votes on the floor, according to multiple Democratic sources. But discussions about the scope of the articles of impeachment are continuing in the Democratic Caucus.

Sources also told CNN that there is a growing push to keep the probe focused narrowly so the House could take up articles of impeachment as early as this fall.

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