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Vulnerable Oklahoma Democrat to vote for impeachment

Vulnerable Oklahoma Democrat to vote for impeachment
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Oklahoma Rep. Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornWhat should Biden do with NASA and the Artemis Program? Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE (D) came out in support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE’s impeachment on Tuesday, adding to a list of vulnerable Democrats backing the politically difficult vote. 

“It is with a heavy heart, but with clarity of conviction that I have made my decision. The oath I took to protect and defend the Constitution requires a vote for impeachment. This is not a decision I came to lightly, but I must do my part to ensure our democracy remains strong,” Horn said in a statement

Horn said she is “disappointed in lawmakers” on both sides of the aisle who “pre-judged the outcome” of the impeachment inquiry before hearing the facts. 

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But now that the inquiry has concluded, Horn said Congress “must act to protect our Constitution, the integrity of our elections, and our national security.” 

“Our founders put in place checks and balances between three co-equal branches of government to ensure that no one is above the law. Allowing one branch or president to ignore our laws and Constitution would set a dangerous precedent,” Horn said. 

Horn unseated a Republican in the 2018 midterms and faces a tough battle to win reelection next year. 

Two vulnerable Iowa Democrats – Reps. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Incoming Iowa GOP lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE and Cindy AxneCindy AxneOn The Money: Powell says 'concerning' rise in COVID-19 cases could hinder economic recovery | House Democrats withdraw appeal in case over Trump's New York tax returns | Initial jobless claims dip to 751,000 First-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night MORE – also announced Tuesday they would support articles of impeachment. Both are freshmen representatives who flipped Republican districts.

“This decision is not, and was never about politics, and this shouldn’t be about political parties or elections,” Finkenauer said. “It’s about facts, dignity in public service, and honoring those who fought and continue to fight to protect our sacred democracy.”

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Axne said, "When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect the Constitution and our democracy. After carefully reviewing the evidence presented from the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, it’s clear the President abused his power by using $400 million in taxpayer money for his own personal, political gain and obstructed justice by ordering his administration to refuse to testify or provide subpoenaed documents."

New Jersey Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOvernight Defense: Armed Services chairman unsold on slashing defense budget | Democratic Senate report details 'damage, chaos' of Trump foreign policy | Administration approves .8B Taiwan arms sales Democratic House chairman trusts Pentagon won't follow 'unlawful orders' on election involvement Overnight Defense: National Guard says no federal requests for election security help | Dems accuse VA head of misusing resources | Army official links COVID-19 to troop suicides MORE, another first-term Democrat who unseated a Republican in 2018, also came out in support of impeachment on Tuesday. 

“My military service taught me to put our country — not politics — first, and my time as a federal prosecutor taught me about the importance of the rule of law and of justice,” the former Navy helicopter pilot tweeted. 

Democrats in swing districts, many of whom played a role in flipping control of the House with wins during the 2018 midterms, have been coming out in support of impeachment since the House Judiciary Committee advanced two articles last week.

So far, only one Democrat, long-time Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonA louder voice for women everywhere Former Minnesota Democratic leader quits party GOP sees path to House majority in 2022 MORE (D-Minn.), has signaled he plans to vote against the articles in an expected House vote on Wednesday. He was one of only two Democrats to vote against the impeachment inquiry. 

Freshman Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), the other Democrat planning to vote against the inquiry, began signaling to staff and other members of his state's delegation over the weekend that he plans to switch parties to the GOP in the coming days.