Some more moderate Democratic lawmakers who won seats in the current session of Congress by capturing districts that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election have sought to limit the articles of impeachment to Ukraine, centered on his July 25 telephone request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy "to do us a favor", to investigate Biden, his son Hunter Biden's work for a Ukrainian natural gas company and whether Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election Trump won, not Russian Federation, as the USA intelligence community concluded.
The Republican lawmaker repeated his demand on Sunday, telling "Sunday Morning Futures" host Maria Bartiromo that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) were rushing too quickly with the impeachment resolution the Judiciary had approved in September.
Democrats say that that this amounted to inviting a foreign power to intervene in the USA election to help the president win another term.
After weeks of investigation into Trump's request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face the president in the 2020 election, the committee is focused on two articles charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
"I don't know how he'll take acquittal, don't know if he will be acquitted" by the Senate, he said, insisting members of both the House and Senate "are going to have to decide ... are they going to be patriots or are they going to be partisans". They also break down when neither side can agree on what adds up to impeachable behavior. He thinks his party's case "if presented to a jury would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat".
Judiciary Committee Democrats have said they could instead use Mueller's findings to demonstrate a repeated pattern of misconduct by Trump to support formal charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Although Nadler during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton warned against "a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other", the chairman on Sunday expressed little concern about the total lack of support from Republicans for Trump's impeachment.
As we discussed last week, the one thing Team Trump said it wanted most - a chance to participate and present a defense - now appears to be the thing Team Trump won't accept.
"They have had adequate time (to call witnesses)", Nadler told Bash, referring to House rules that require him to give Republicans a day to call their own witnesses.
The Democrat counsels are Barry Berke for the House Judiciary Committee and Daniel Goldman for the House Intelligence Committee.
"We'll bring articles of impeachment presumably before the committee at some point later in the week", said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
As Democrats debate including Mueller's evidence, Trump's conduct as detailed in Mueller's report will at least be part of the discussion on Monday.
"Certainly if we're talking about obstruction of justice we can't ignore the obstruction of justice that is laid out in great detail in the Mueller report", he said.
"They have no case for impeachment", House Republican Whip Steve Scalise said on Twitter.
Trump said over the weekend that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wants to take the information gathered from Giuliani's investigations and a recent trip to Ukraine to the USA attorney general and to Congress.
Trump has made clear his lawyers will present a defence in the Republican-controlled Senate, where he believes he will receive fair treatment.
"It is weird that he's over there", said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., describing it as "odd having him over there at this time".