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 TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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) MalinowskiHouse lawmakers push for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics Kean Jr. to run against Malinowski: report The tool we need to expand COVID-19 vaccinations world-wide 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 PelosiManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame GOP for end of eviction moratorium 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.