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

Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsChamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Female lawmakers, officials call for more women at all levels of government to improve equity Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report MORE (D-Kan.) has announced plans to vote in favor of the articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' 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 YoderBottom line Amanda Adkins wins GOP primary to challenge Rep. Sharice Davids Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' MORE (R-Kan.), last year. Her district supported Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris lists out 'racist' actions by Trump in '60 minutes' interview: 'It all speaks for itself' Trump has list of top intelligence officials he'll fire if he wins reelection: report Clinton says most Republicans want to see Trump gone but can't say it publicly: report MORE in the polls by 1 point in the 2016 presidential election. However, the district also backed John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden Jennifer Lawrence says until Trump she was 'a little Republican' MORE and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds Will anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? Ratings drop to 55M for final Trump-Biden debate 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 PelosiBrown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Pelosi dismisses talk of White House compromise on stimulus: They 'keep moving the goal post' 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.”