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Torres Small joins most Dems on impeachment

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U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM, joined most other Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday in voting to approve a resolution that formalizes the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

The House passed the resolution, 232-194, with the backing of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., and all but two Democrats. Republicans were united in opposing their resolution.

“I came to Congress to address the challenges facing southern New Mexicans — out of control drug prices, health care accessibility, a crumbling infrastructure, and a broken border security and immigration system. I remain focused every day on tackling those challenges with bipartisan solutions. To do that work, I must also constantly act to support and defend the Constitution. Today’s (Thursday’s) vote does just that by laying out a transparent, bipartisan process focused on finding the facts and determining the truth,” Torres Small said in a statement after the vote.

The resolution lays out procedures for open hearings and witness questioning by committees, also authorizes the production of transcripts of depositions and calls for the production of a report by the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

An impeachment inquiry was announced in September, sparked by allegations that Trump withheld $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to put pressure on the country’s government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

New Mexico’s two other U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland and Ben Ray Lujan also voted for the resolution. Torres Small, who was narrowly elected last year to represent the traditionally Republican-leaning New Mexico 2nd Congressional District, was one of the last Democratic holdouts against impeachment.

She, however, did come out for the inquiry Oct. 10 in an op-ed in the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Republicans framed the resolution as one that lacks transparency and said that the inquiry is part of an effort by Democrats to remove Trump from office.

Samantha Zager, a spokesperson for Trump Victory — a joint fundraising committee of Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee — specifically singled out Torres Small for her vote.

“Democrats like Xochitl Torres Small chose to side with Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and the socialist squad over their constituents, and have officially committed political malpractice. Americans will remember how these Democrats chose to pursue division and investigation over progress and promises,” Zager said, in a quote posted on the official Facebook Page of the Republican Party of New Mexico Thursday.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.