California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry

California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry
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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) on Monday became just the second House Democrat from a swing district to voice support for launching an impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE.

"After weeks of study, deliberation and conversations with Orange County families, I’ve decided to support an impeachment investigation of the president," Porter, who represents an inland Orange County district, said in a video posted on Twitter. "I have not come to this easily. I come to this decision after much deliberation, and I know deeply what this means for our democracy."

Porter, who won a seat that had been in GOP hands since 1983 during last year's midterm elections, noted that she "didn’t come to Congress to impeach the president."

"But when faced with a crisis of this magnitude, I cannot with a clean conscience ignore my duty to defend the Constitution," she said. "I can’t claim to be committed to rooting out corruption and putting people over politics and then not apply those same principles and standards in all of the work I do."

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Dozens of Democratic lawmakers, including several 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, have called for Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump in the wake of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's report. 

Porter, though, is just the second House Democrat from a swing district to throw support behind the effort. Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiSanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements NJ lawmaker flips endorsement to Biden after Booker drops out House votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap MORE (D-N.J.), who represents a competitive swing district, told NBC News in May that he supported launching an impeachment inquiry. 

"I’ve come to think that it is warranted at this point given what appears to be across-the-board defiance of congressional oversight and the rule of law by the administration," he said. 

Despite more than 60 Democrats supporting impeachment, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' MORE (D-Calif.) has continued to resist the effort. She said last week that it's “not even close” to getting the support it needs from the Democratic caucus.