Representative Bera now supports impeachment proceedings against Trump

Rep. Ami Bera (D - Elk Grove, Calif.) displays redacted
pages from the Mueller report during a
June 6 town hall meeting in Elk Grove. |

In a statement posted today, Rep. Ami Bera has announced his support of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Bera's announcement comes after support among politically moderate members of the U.S. Congress ramped up after the president's latest political imbroglio.

Bera's statement says 

"After reading the Mueller Report and witnessing the President’s actions, it has been clear to me that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses and went to great lengths to commit obstruction of justice on several occasions.

Multiple committees with jurisdiction have been conducting important and necessary oversight, including investigating and holding hearings into obstruction, corruption, and abuse of power by President Trump. I have supported the committees' actions and will continue to do so, including an impeachment inquiry.
Congress has the constitutional authority to hold the president accountable for his actions. I am confident we will do so.”
Now in his fourth term representing California's seventh district, Bera joins several other moderates who have deferred a decision on impeachment. Yesterday seven first term moderate Democratic representatives came out in support of impeachment.
In an opinion piece published yesterday by the Washington Post, the seven representatives -  Gil Cisneros (CA), Jason Crow (CO), Chrissy Houlahan (PA), Elaine Luria (VA), Mikie Sherrill (NJ), Elissa Slotkin (MI), and Abigail Spanberger (VA) - called for Trump's impeachment. With their support, according to Vox, nearly half of Democratic representatives in competitive districts now support the proceedings. 
In his first three election victories in 2012, 2014, and 2016 respectively over Republicans including incumbent Dan Lungren, former Representative Doug Ose, and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, Bera won by razor-thin margins. Even though Bera beat Republican challenger Andrew Grant by a relatively comfortable margin in 2018, the district is still considered competitive. 
During a June 6 town hall meeting in Elk Grove, Bera was criticized by several in attendance for not supporting impeachment. Bera's reversal comes as evidence suggests that Trump encouraged the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.  

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