Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested'

Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsHere are the lawmakers who have self-quarantined as a precaution Hillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency Democrats criticize FCC for not taking action against DC station broadcasting Russian disinformation MORE (D-Kan.) has announced plans to vote in favor of the articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE House Democrats unveiled Tuesday.

The freshman Democrat said in a statement she did not arrive at her decision to back the charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power lightly, adding: “It is not what I came to Congress to do.” 

“But I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and I take that responsibility very seriously,” she said.

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Davids won election to Kansas’s 3rd District by beating out a four-term Republican incumbent, former Rep. Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderSharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers MORE (R-Kan.), last year. Her district supported Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much GOP challenger seizes on outrage against Massie Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on MORE in the polls by 1 point in the 2016 presidential election. However, the district also backed John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Ernst calls for public presidential campaign funds to go to masks, protective equipment MORE and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGranting cash payments is a conservative principle 7 things to know about the coronavirus stimulus package Scarborough rips Trump for mocking Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'Could have been a death sentence' MORE in the 2008 and 2012 presidential contests.

Davids’s office said her win made her the first Kansas Democrat to be elected to Congress in a decade. Davids is the only Democrat representing Kansas in Congress.

“The evidence uncovered by the House impeachment inquiry is overwhelming. And the facts are uncontested,” she said in the statement. “President Trump used the office of the Presidency to solicit foreign interference in our elections for his own personal, political benefit.” 

“He pressured Ukraine’s President to investigate his political rival, while withholding millions in taxpayer-funded aide to Ukraine,” she continued. “And since this information came to light, President Trump has defied congressional subpoenas, withholding critical documents and testimony.” 

House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against the president at a press conference on Tuesday morning, exactly 11 weeks after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms 14 things to know for today about coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Trump, telecom executives talk coronavirus response | Pelosi pushes funding for mail-in voting | New York AG wants probe into firing of Amazon worker | Marriott hit by another massive breach MORE (D-Calif.) announced the formal launch of the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings in Ukraine. 

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The articles were the result of weeks of investigation by lawmakers into whether Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for the announcement of politically favorable investigations. The announcement by House Democrats on Tuesday also comes after weeks of public hearings. 

In her statement on Tuesday, Davids said it was “a sad day for our country.” 

“But we must continue to make progress on the issues impacting Kansas’ Third District, and that is exactly what I intend to do,” she continued.

She also added in the statement that it remains her “top priority to deliver results for the people of Kansas” and touted a recent bipartisan agreement reached on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement that she said “will bolster Kansas’ economy and support our workers.”