Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado will vote yes on both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, his office said Sunday in a statement.
The two articles of impeachment accuse Trump of obstructing Congress and abuse of power in a case stemming from allegations he sought to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rivals and advance a theory the country sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, which has been discredited by intelligence officials.
“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,” he continued. “‘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.’ These are the words of my hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 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 was first elected in 2018, unseating Republican Rep. John Faso in a district the president carried in 2016. His seat is expected to be a top target for Republicans in 2020.
Republican allies of Trump have aired ads in the Hudson Valley House seat pressuring Delgado over the impeachment issue.
Delgado has previously supported the advancement of the impeachment inquiry in the Democratic-led House of Representatives.