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Torres Small responds to articles of impeachment

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U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM, speaks with an attendee outside Pearson Auditorium during a high school graduation in May at the New Mexico Military Institute. (File Photo)

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U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM, said she will study the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump before deciding how to vote on them when they come before the full House.

“This is one of the gravest responsibilities granted to Congress by the Constitution, and I am taking the time befitting such a duty to weigh the facts, allegations, and consequences,” Torres Small said Tuesday.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee released two articles of impeachment Tuesday. That followed an inquiry headed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence into allegations that Trump abused the power of his office by withholding $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine, conditioning release of that money on Ukraine launching an investigation into former Vice President Joseph Biden and his son Hunter.

Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in the 2020 election.

Trump has said the money was withheld because of the administration’s concerns over corruption within the Ukrainian government.

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Torres Small, whose New Mexico 2nd Congressional District extends from southern Bernalillo County to the southern border, was one of the last House Democrats to publicly support the impeachment inquiry when it was launched in late September.

At the time she urged the Trump administration to cooperate with any witnesses as part of the investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, calling for a transparent process that fully informs the American people.

In an op-ed in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Oct. 10, Torres Small did come out for impeachment. She also voted to formalize the inquiry later that month, saying her vote was to support and defend the Constitution by laying out a transparent process for determining the truth when it came to Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

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