House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) did not confirm on CNN's "State of the Union" whether his committee will draft an article of impeachment based on the Mueller report, but said President Trump's conduct is "part of a pattern" that threatens the integrity of U.S. elections.

"The central allegation is that the president put himself above his country several times. That he sought foreign interference in our elections several times, both for 2016 and 2020. That he sought to cover it up all the time, and that he continually violated his oath of office, and that all this presents a pattern that poses a real and present danger to the integrity of the next election, which is one reason why we can't just wait for the next election to settle matters."
— Jerry Nadler

Why it matters: There is some dispute within the House Democratic caucus about whether to include an article of impeachment for obstruction of justice stemming from the Mueller investigation, which detailed nearly a dozen instances of potential obstruction but ultimately did not charge Trump with any crimes.

  • Many Democrats viewed the Mueller report as an impeachment referral, since the special counsel acknowledged that Department of Justice policy prevents the indictment of a sitting president.
  • Others, however, have cautioned against casting too wide of a net and want impeachment to be focused narrowly on Trump's dealings with Ukraine. The Ukraine scandal caused a spike in public impeachment polling that the Mueller findings never quite generated.

The big picture: Nadler, whose committee will vote on articles of impeachment as early as this week, said that Democrats have a "very lock solid case."

  • "I think the case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat," the chairman told CNN's Dana Bash.

Go deeper:

Go deeper

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Politics: Chris Christie: Wear a mask "or you may regret it — as I did" — Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted relief bill.
  2. Business: New state unemployment filings fall.
  3. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  4. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as a coronavirus treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
  5. Education: Boston and Chicago send students back home for online learning.
  6. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.

Early voting eclipses 2016 total with 12 days until election

People stand in line to vote early in Fairfax, Virginia in September. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.