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

Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter WATCH LIVE: The Hill's LGBTQ+ summit featuring Adam Rippon, Rep. Sharice Davids, Chasten Buttigieg and more MORE (D-Kan.) has announced plans to vote in favor of the articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad 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 ClintonHillicon Valley: Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' | Facebook takes down Roger Stone-affiliated accounts, pages | State and local officials beg Congress for more elections funds OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump MORE in the polls by 1 point in the 2016 presidential election. However, the district also backed John McCainJohn Sidney McCain Senate outlook slides for GOP Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden Democrats lead in three battleground Senate races: poll MORE and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention Trump administration narrows suspects in Russia bounties leak investigation: report 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 PelosiSupreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits Democrats see victory in Trump culture war 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.”