After questions were raised on whether Nevada Rep. Susie Lee would join her Democratic colleagues and vote for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump earlier in the week, Lee committed to voting for impeachment Friday.
“As I did before I voted to support an impeachment inquiry, I have carefully deliberated and comprehensively reviewed the facts presented by the respective committees, witnesses, and available evidence, as well as reviewed the Constitution and the Articles of Impeachment themselves. This is a grave decision that requires thorough and solemn deliberation. After weighing all of the facts, I will be voting in support of impeachment of the President.
“The facts are clear: the President abused the power of his office and blatantly obstructed Congress. I took an oath of office to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This is a solemn decision. I end with this: democracies live and die by the integrity of our elections. We have lived in relative peace on our soil for over two centuries in the strongest democracy on earth. It is my constitutional duty to ensure that it remains that way.”
Lee is a first-term congresswoman who kept Nevada’s 3rd congressional district in Democratic hands, last year. Republicans believe Lee could be vulnerable in 2020, since Donald Trump won her congressional district, Nevada’s 3rd, in the 2016 presidential election, beating Hillary Clinton by 1 percent.
Lee’s decision Friday came she and a half a dozen House Democrats attended the White House Congressional Ball Thursday night, even as members of the House Judiciary Committee were reportedly working on articles of impeachment late into the night.