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Some Democrats think articles of impeachment could be considered this year: 'We have to act quickly'

The House of Representatives is barreling toward an impeachment vote, which could potentially take place before the year's end.

Some Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are pushing for the House's impeachment probe to focus on Ukraine, with this being a way to streamline it and potentially have articles "considered by the end of the year or even sooner," Politico reports.

"I think focusing on this Ukrainian scandal singularly is important," Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) told Politico. "I think we have to act quickly. But not with haste."

The Washington Post similarly reported that Pelosi during a closed-door meeting Wednesday pushed for the impeachment probe to have a narrow focus on Trump's communications with Ukraine's president. This meeting came the same day the White House released a transcript showing Trump pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

In the end, then, it might not even be the findings of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report that are the focus of potential articles of impeachment, although the Post writes Pelosi "did not rule out ultimately including other episodes in a potential impeachment package." Still, the House speaker reportedly believes a narrow focus on Ukraine will help "keep the investigation out of the courts."

Outside of that thinking, some Democrats are arguing a focus on Ukraine would be wise if only because it's easier to communicate this alleged wrongdoing by Trump to the public, with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) telling the Post, "we need to focus on something that everybody understands."