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 SewellHouse Democrat explains decision to back impeachment: 'We've crossed a Rubicon' Sunday shows lineup: Trump impeachment dominates the talk circuit Live coverage: House panel to hear about whistleblower complaint 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 TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren 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.”