Tulsi Gabbard Was The Sole Democrat To Vote 'Present' On Impeaching Trump
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was the only House Democrat who did not take a position on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, voting “present” rather than yes or no, according to The Hill.
The Hawaii congresswoman said her vote signaled that she was “standing in the center” on impeaching the president.
“I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” Gabbard said in a statement after the vote. “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.”
Though Gabbard’s decision was not overly shocking, she had not indicated how she would vote ahead of time, leaving some of her Democratic colleagues surprised and disappointed.
Instead of impeaching Trump, Gabbard has suggested censuring the president, arguing such a move would send a "strong message to this president and future presidents that their abuses of power will not go unchecked, while leaving the question of removing Trump from office to the voters to decide."