U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, called the impeachment case against President Trump “pretty damning,” and said public support for it will grow as the inquiry moves into a public phase.

“I think there’s a lot of things this president has done that have been impeachable offenses,” Pocan said in an interview aired Sunday on “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

Pocan said the case is clear that Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to open an investigation that could be politically damaging to former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, potentially Trump’s rival in the 2020 election.

“The president’s admitted that he asked a foreign leader to essentially get dirt on a political opponent’s family, and in exchange for aid that Congress had already approved, and we have the notes from the call, we have people who have heard the call telling us this. And because of that, that is clearly a violation of his oath of office. No one is above the law, including the president,” Pocan said.

Pocan said the House vote last week formalizing the investigation’s process will give Democrats more leverage “in getting some of the information that has been denied to us.”

“The public will now be privy to every bit of this information,” Pocan said. “You’re going to see public support growing and growing.”

In another segment, the chairs of the state Dem and Republican parties discussed strategy heading into the 2020 election, a year away.

GOP Chairman Andrew Hitt said the “right message” will “drive this home” for Republicans.

“Our strategies are making sure that we can connect with voters. Then it is going to come down to messaging. That’s where we’re going to talk about the president’s accomplishments over the last four years. His economic accomplishments, over 6 million jobs created, manufacturing jobs brought back to Wisconsin, over 8,000, and we’ll talk about his judicial record and the things that people care about,” Hitt said.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Ben Wikler said Trump has broken his promises on drug prices, health care and manufacturing jobs. Wikler said Democratic organizers would be knocking on 50,000 Wisconsin doors in their “#1Year2Win” drive.

“What we’re doing is starting relationships with people, listening to them about the issues they are facing in their lives, and beginning the process of making sure that they know exactly what Trump has and hasn’t done, and also how Democrats would do things differently,” Wikler said.

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http://www.wisn.com/upfront

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