After being one of the Democrats' longer holdouts
on whether or not to start an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, and then staying tight-lipped about where he stood on impeachment itself, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Mt. Lebanon) has announced he will vote to impeach the president.
According to the Beaver County Times
, Lamb reviewed the articles put forth by House Democrats, and believes the evidence is strong against Trump.
“I’ve spent a lot of time reviewing the articles and the evidence that they’re based on and I intend to support both articles,” said Lamb to the Times
. “I think the evidence is strong and I think the way the articles are written captures the evidence pretty well,” he said.
In September, Democratic House Leadership announced an impeachment inquiry would begin, which came soon after a whistleblower complaint was released, alleging that Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to undermine Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden. The Trump administration has since released a partial transcript of a phone call with the Ukrainian president, where Trump asks the president for a favor shortly after discussing the hundreds of millions of dollars the U.S. provides to Ukraine in military aid.
Democrats have been almost completely united in their support for the impeachment inquiry, with hesitation from a couple Democrats who represent districts that Trump carried in 2016. Lamb also resides in a district that Trump won in 2016 (he won PA-17 by about 3 percentage points), so with Lamb backing the impeachment vote, the House Democrats should have more than enough votes to clear the chamber.
A vote in House could come as early as next week, and then it will be up the U.S. Senate to vote on whether to convict the president.
However, the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to convict Trump, which Lamb acknowledged in an interview with WESA
. Impeachment conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds majority, and with Republicans holding 53 seats currently and very few signalling they will support conviction, it is extremely unlikely.
Even so, Lamb says the impeachment vote is important to signal the country's global security interests.
“Our main national security interest in eastern Europe is to oppose [Vladimir] Putin and the Russians,” Lamb said to WESA. Russians already attempted to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections, as documented by the Mueller Report
, and Russia has recently annexed the Crimean peninsula away from Ukraine.