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Impeachment To Trade, Moderate Democrats Are In The Driver's Seat14:27
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House Speaker of the Nancy Pelosi  joins House investigative committee chairs as they announce articles of impeachment against President Trump Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
House Speaker of the Nancy Pelosi joins House investigative committee chairs as they announce articles of impeachment against President Trump Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House Democrats officially unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump at a press conference on Tuesday morning: abuse of power in the Ukraine affair and obstruction of Congress. The scope of the charges, which make only a passing reference to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference, reveals the sway of Democrats' moderate members in shaping the impeachment process. The White House called the impeachment process "a sham" that Democrats are using to undermine the president's agenda.

Within hours of that announcement, Democratic leaders convened a second press conference, this time to unveil a deal with the White House on the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement — a major legislative priority for many moderates in the Democratic caucus.

This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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