Rep. Antonio Delgado, a moderate New York Democrat, says he will vote along party lines on impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, a risky vote for the freshman lawmaker who won by a slim margin in a district that supported Trump in 2016.
"The president pressured a foreign government for personal political gain while withholding congressionally approved foreign aid, and in doing so, both abused his power and put our national security at risk," Delgado said in a statement.
"The president also obstructed Congress by blanketly refusing to cooperate with the body's constitutional right to investigate the matter."
Delgado, a first-term lawmaker, quoted his "hero" Martin Luther King Jr. in his statement, saying "there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right."
Delgado had not made a final decision until Sunday.
"Having reviewed the articles of impeachment and the underlying evidence, my conscience tells me that the right thing to do is abide by my oath of office and vote affirmatively for both articles," Delgado said.
Donald Trump Jr. on Saturday released a list of House Democrats in Trump districts who will either vote for impeachment or are still undecided, warning them they could lose their seat in 2020.
"Enough! These Democrats in Trump districts said they were with @realDonaldTrump. They lied!—Now it's time to hear from OUR MOVEMENT," he tweeted.
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