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House Democrat explains decision to back impeachment: 'We've crossed a Rubicon'

House Democrat explains decision to back impeachment: 'We've crossed a Rubicon'
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Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Lobbying world Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election MORE (D-Ala.), one of several House Democrats who had not taken a position on impeachment proceedings before the allegations of a whistleblower complaint involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE’s call to Ukraine’s president were revealed last week, explained how the revelation changed her mind Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“It’s not because I didn’t think there were really unpresidential behavior by this president from moment one, but because I was worried that it would get us sidetracked from other, more important items for the American people,” Sewell told CBS’ Margaret Brennan. “But I do believe that we’ve crossed a Rubicon here.”

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“I do believe that this whistleblower allegation is so serious that it gets to the very heart of our nation’s democracy, the integrity of our elections, and if any congressional district understands that, it’s my district,” which includes the city of Selma, an epicenter of civil rights activism in the 1960s, Sewell said.

The whistleblower complaint alleges that Trump attempted to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE’s son Hunter by threatening to make military aid from Ukraine conditional on such a probe.

Asked by Brennan how quickly she anticipated the House moving from the announced impeachment inquiry to developing articles of impeachment, Sewell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said her own committee was “working diligently through this Rosh Hashanah break and we don’t know exactly when it will come but we do know that we are working in a deliberate, thoughtful manner.”