Impeach or investigate? Democrats see no reason to choose

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are careful not to rush to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the aftermath of Robert Mueller’s report. But as Congress resumes Monday, its oversight and investigations agenda is starting to look a lot like the groundwork that would be needed to launch an impeachment inquiry.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from Attorney General William Barr on Thursday, despite resistance from the administration. The Oversight Committee will hear testimony from an administration official on security clearances. The Intelligence Committee is probing Trump’s financial dealings and the Ways & Means Committee is pursuing Trump’s tax returns.

At some point, it’s a political difference rather than a practical one. One law professor says there’s not really a “magical moment” when investigations become impeachment proceedings.

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