Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), who represents a district Trump carried in the 2016 election, said Friday that he will vote in favor of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“A President coercing a foreign government into targeting American citizens is not just another example of scorched earth politics, it serves as an invitation to the enemies of the United States to come after any citizen, so long as they disagree with the President. Embarking on an unprecedented effort to obstruct this inquiry doesnt make the facts any less true,” Rose said in a statement after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment in a party-line vote.
“Therefore,” he added, “I will vote in support of the two Articles of Impeachment.”
Up until that point, Rose, who is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, didnt indicate how he would vote on the measure. Rose also didnt partake in the impeachment hearings and wasnt involved in the drafting of the articles as he does not serve on the committees that carried out the process.
“Party and politics will never come before the country I bled to protect—and would unquestionably do so again,” he added.
Next week, the full House is expected to vote on articles of impeachment, and Democrats are alleging Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress.
Trump and Ukraines leaders have denied the allegations.
There are dozens of “battleground” districts in the House, and 31 Democrats represent districts where Trump also won in 2016. Some moderate Democrats who represent those districts were among the last in their party to endorse an impeachment inquiry and have been bombarded recently by Republican attack ads.
But in the face of solid Republican opposition, Democrats will need 216 votes to approve the articles, meaning they can lose about 17 or 18 Democrats if everyone is present and voting. One independent, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), has told CNN he will vote for impeachment.