Democrats' impeachment inquiry hits overdrive

A push by House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump by Christmas reflects urgent political pressures but also a deeper driving force: a belief that they have got the impeachment goods on him.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's generals are cranking up the pace of their investigation ahead of next week's televised hearings, which will stress the grave historic reality of what lies ahead.
It makes sense for Democrats to seize the moment as the attention of the nation is focused on impeachment, as a torrent of evidence runs in their favor and as flailing Republicans struggle to settle on a coherent defense of the President.
In a sign the White House is trying to stem the Democratic momentum, a White House official told CNN that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is unlikely to appear to testify Friday despite the subpoena he was issued Thursday.
And a lawyer for the whistleblower whose complaint triggered the inquiry sent a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone warning of possible legal action if Trump does not "cease and desist" attacking his client and any "physical harm" comes to the whistleblower or their family.