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White House calls out Rep. Susie Lee after she announces impeachment support

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 14:44:17-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Democrat Rep. Susie Lee of Nevada is being called out by the White House for supporting the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The White House sent out a statement early Tuesday morning. The statement reads:

Rep. Susie Lee said she would fight for better healthcare and increase economic opportunities for Nevadans, yet she has locked arms with Nancy Pelosi and unhinged Democrats in their baseless support for impeachment. While Lee is beholden to Pelosi and the DC swamp, President Trump will not stop fighting for what matters most to all Nevadans -- securing our southern border, better trade deals, and growing our economy.

Lee announced her support on Friday. Before that, she had expressed doubts about the impeachment inquiry. She released the following statement about her decision:

As I did before I voted to support an impeachment inquiry, I have carefully deliberated and comprehensively reviewed the facts presented by the respective committees, witnesses, and available evidence, as well as reviewed the Constitution and the Articles of Impeachment themselves. This is a grave decision that requires thorough and solemn deliberation. After weighing all of the facts, I will be voting in support of impeachment of the President.

The facts are clear: the President abused the power of his office and blatantly obstructed Congress. I took an oath of office to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This is a solemn decision. I end with this: democracies live and die by the integrity of our elections. We have lived in relative peace on our soil for over two centuries in the strongest democracy on earth. It is my constitutional duty to ensure that it remains that way.”

After the White House released it's statement, Lee responded:

The only thing baseless is this false attack from an administration covering up its own corruption and broken promises.

I delivered on my promise to improve Nevadans’ health care by passing the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, the most sweeping legislation to lower prescription drug costs in decades.

Instead of using government resources to make political attacks, the White House should be focused on explaining why the President backed off his promise to take on big pharma.

When the President is ready to take this issue seriously, I stand ready to work with him.

The Congressional Leadership Fund also sent a statement:

In announcing her support for impeachment, Susie Lee made it perfectly clear: she couldn’t care less what her constituents have to say because her hatred for President Trump and her allegiance to the far-left’s crusade to remove him from office is her first and only priority,” said CLF Spokesman Calvin Moore. “Susie Lee is just another liberal politician that thinks she knows better than ordinary folks back home. Her constituents elected President Trump to office and they should have the right to decide the next election for themselves, but Susie’s decision makes clear she wants to deny them that right.

Congressman Steven Horsford also said on Friday that he will be supporting impeachment. he released the following statement:

I did not come to Congress to impeach a president, but the evidence presented makes it clear that he abused the powers of the office, obstructed Congress and put our national security at risk. No one is above the law, and (Trump) must be held accountable for (his) actions under the Constitution.

Rep. Dina Titus has been very vocal about her support of impeachment and the state's lone Republican member of Congress, Rep. Mark Amodei, says he is still reviewing the impeachment articles.