Defying party, Gabbard votes 'present' on Trump impeachment

Defying party, Gabbard votes 'present' on Trump impeachmentAlready comfortable as an outlier in her party, Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard did not support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, voting “present” Wednesday on two articles that cleared the House. In a lengthy statement released after the House charged the president with abuse of power and obstructing Congress, Gabbard said that Trump “violated public trust” but that voters would be able to hold him accountable in the 2020 election. The Hawaii congresswoman, a periodic Trump defender and long an impeachment skeptic, framed herself as a rational centrist between two partisan mobs.

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