Representative Katie Porter (D–45th District) announced today that after considerable deliberation, she now supports opening an impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump.
“After weeks of study, deliberations, and conversations with Orange County families, I’ve decided to support an impeachment investigation of the President,” Porter said earlier today in a three-minute video statement posted on her Twitter account. “I have not come to this easily. I come to this decision after much deliberation, and I know what this means for our democracy.”
Today I wanted to speak directly to the people of CA-45. There’s been a lot of noise in D.C. and in the press about impeachment, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you. pic.twitter.com/ceri6lHwbY
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) June 18, 2019
Back at the end of May, Porter’s press secretary didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment when I canvassed the Orange County Congressional delegation on the impeachment question. Of those who did respond, only Representative Alan Lowenthal (D–47th District) unambiguously supported an immediate inquiry, though Representatives Lou Correa (D–46th District), Harley Rouda (D–48th District), and Mike Levin (D–49th District) made statements generally in support of some sort of investigation. Sixty-four House Democrats currently support an impeachment inquiry, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Porter is now only the second House Democrat from a Republican-leaning district to come out in support of starting an impeachment inquiry,” the Times reported. “The first was Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, a fellow freshman lawmaker.”
Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He spent a dozen years as Editor of MauiTime, the last alt weekly in Hawaii. He also wrote three trashy novels about Maui, which were published by Event Horizon Press. But he got his start at OC Weekly, and returned to the paper in 2019 as a Staff Writer.