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 SewellSanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Biden gains endorsement from Alabama's lone Democratic House rep House panel advances Trump's new NAFTA 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 TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group 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 BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment 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.”