Gabbard Criticizes Pelosi Over Possible Delay In Sending Articles To The Senate
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard broke with the Democratic Party again this week, after the Hawaii representative voted “present” as the House voted on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
According to USA Today, Gabbard criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her suggestion that she might delay sending articles of impeachment to the Senate until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guarantees they will receive a fair hearing.
The Democratic presidential candidate said Pelosi’s move “surprised” her.
"I think that you can't kind of just shift and change and make up the rules as you go along," Gabbard on Thursday during an interview with Hill.TV. "If you're going to pursue this process, you've got to let it play out the whole way through."
After the House voted in favor of the two articles of impeachment — one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress — Pelosi said she was unsure when she would pass the process off to the Senate for a trial.
"I’m not prepared to put the managers in that bill because we don’t know the arena we are in," Pelosi said during a press conference. “Frankly, I don’t care what the Republicans say.”
Gabbard was the lone Democrat to vote “present” during the proceedings on Wednesday.
USA Today noted that “the first article, abuse of power, passed with a 230-197 vote, and the obstruction of Congress article passed with 229-198.”