The first-term Democrat – who represents the state’s 2nd Congressional District – had been criticized by members of her own party for her refusal to take a stand on the inquiry. And Republicans are using the issue in their campaign to unseat her, staging a “Stop the Madness” rally outside of her office in Belen on Wednesday.
Torres Small said she has not reached a judgment about the president’s actions, but said the White House’s letter this week refusing cooperation with the inquiry and the blocking of testimony of a key witness factored into her decision. The other members of the state’s House delegation – Democrats Deb Haaland and Ben Ray Luján – endorsed the inquiry in August.
At the heart of the inquiry is the president’s phone call with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which the president seemed to pitch an investigation into former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board a major Ukrainian natural gas producer. At the time, the administration was withholding aid to Ukraine that was appropriated by Congress.