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Rep. Angie Craig to voters: I will vote 'yes' on impeachment

Fellow DFLer Rep. Collin Peterson will be voting "no."

One of Minnesota's congressional delegates is making it clear to the people of her district that she'll be supporting the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

On Sunday, Rep. Angie Craig —a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District — published an open letter to her constituents about the upcoming impeachment vote, in which she states:

"After reviewing the public testimony from non-partisan public servants and officials appointed to their roles by the President himself - as well as the final House Intelligence Committee report - I have decided that this week I will vote yes on both Articles of Impeachment.

(Bold hers.)

The articles were approved by the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee last week after a series of highly contentious and controversial hearings into the Trump-Ukraine affair. 

They're now headed to the House for a full vote, which is scheduled to happen this week, according to the congressional calendar. 

Craig says Trump's alleged attempts to force Ukraine into delivering dirt on a chief political rival — 2020 presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden — constitute "a clear abuse of power by a sitting U.S. President for his own personal gain."

"It is also clear that the President obstructed Congress by refusing to produce documents and blocking testimony during the impeachment inquiry, which is against the law."

Craig also says her values "would require the same vote if this were a Democratic President."

Her declaration comes as another DFLer, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota's 7th District, is breaking ranks with the party to vote "No" on impeachment. 

In an interview with the West Central Tribune on Saturday, Peterson said Trump “has not committed a crime,” and added that, "unless (Democrats) come up with (more evidence) between now and Wednesday,” he is unlikely to change his mind about his vote. 

"This is dividing the country for no good reason because he’s not going to be thrown out of office,” he told the paper. “Why are we doing this?”

His decision did not come as a surprise; he was one of the two Democrats who voted against launching the impeachment inquiry in late October, and has since made clear that he opposes impeaching the president. 

You can read Craig's full letter right here.  

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