Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was the only Democrat to vote “present” on both articles of impeachment brought against President Trump on Wednesday.
Gabbard, a 2020 presidential hopeful, said Tuesday that she supported Trump’s censure, but would not back the Democrat’s impeachment vote.
She cast a “present” vote for both articles brought against the president — that he abused the power of his office for personal gain and he obstructed Congress by refusing to cooperate with the impeachment hearings.
In a statement after the vote, Gabbard said she was “standing in the center” with her vote.
“I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” she wrote in the statement.
“I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country,” she added.
Two other Democrats voted no against the first article of impeachment voted on Wednesday night.
Jeff Van Drew, 66, a freshman who represents New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, 75, a conservative Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 7th District, were the only Democrats to cross the aisle on the first article.
On the second article — the obstruction charge — Rep. Jared Golden of Maine joined both Van Drew and Peterson in casting a “nay” vote.
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