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Tulsi Gabbard urges Trump to ‘please consider’ pardons for Julian Assange and Edward Snowden


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Tulsi Gabbard, encouraged by Trump, may seek spoiler role

Tulsi Gabbard, encouraged by Trump, may seek spoiler roleRep. Tulsi Gabbard will likely not win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, but she could still help reelect President Trump.



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Gabbard faces heat back home for vote on impeachment

Gabbard faces heat back home for vote on impeachmentLong-shot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is facing some heat in her heavily Democratic home state of Hawaii for voting “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Trump.



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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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Gabbard faces heat back home for present vote on impeachment

Gabbard faces heat back home for present vote on impeachmentLongshot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is facing some heat in her heavily Democratic home state of Hawaii for voting “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Kai Kahele, a Democratic state senator who is running to succeed Gabbard in Congress, said the two most consequential votes that a member of Congress will ever cast are on whether to send troops into harm’s way and whether to impeach a president.



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Tulsi Gabbard on Trump impeachment: 'I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no'

Tulsi Gabbard on Trump impeachment: 'I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no'Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she worked for the best interests of the country whether in the military or in Congress and could not in good conscious vote.



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Tulsi Gabbard Votes ‘Present’ in Impeachment Against Trump

Tulsi Gabbard Votes ‘Present’ in Impeachment Against TrumpAs the House of Representatives debated two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, many members of Congress noted during their short speaking time that the impending vote would likely be one of the most important decisions of their legislative careers.For Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, however, the question of whether to vote for the president to be tried on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power was apparently not worth answering.The Hawaii Democrat and presidential candidate, one of the last members of her party to come out in support of the impeachment inquiry, voted “present” for the two votes on the articles of impeachment against Trump and was nowhere to be found during four procedural votes on Wednesday morning or during the six hours of scheduled debate over the articles.In a statement released after she voted “present” on both articles, Gabbard said that because she “could not in good conscience vote either yes or no… I am standing in the center and have decided to vote ‘Present.’”Gabbard blamed both sides of the House for turning the impeachment inquiry into a “partisan endeavor,” blasting Trump’s defenders as having “abdicated their responsibility to exercise legitimate oversight,” and the president’s critics of using “extreme rhetoric.”“My vote today is a vote for much needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country,” Gabbard concluded.Gabbard’s office did not respond to numerous requests for comment over the course of the day about her intentions on the articles of impeachment, or to an inquiry about the reasons behind her abstention following the final vote. Gabbard has missed nearly 90 percent of the votes held in the House of Representatives over the past two months to meet the demands of her increasingly quixotic quest for the Democratic nomination. In October, she announced that she would not be seeking re-election to her seat in Congress.On Monday, Gabbard—the only member of the Democratic presidential field eligible to cast a House vote on articles of impeachment—told an audience in South Carolina that she was “taking this time for myself to be able to review everything that's happened” before coming to a final decision on whether to vote for the articles of impeachment. “I think it’s really important that every member of Congress cast their vote based on what’s in the best interest of the country, rather than based on political implications.”In the meantime, Gabbard said she would be putting forward a censure resolution, which would register the House’s deep disapproval of misconduct but would not endanger Trump’s presidency itself. As of Wednesday evening, however, no such legislation had been submitted. Gabbard’s congressional staff did not immediately respond to a request for a copy of the censure resolution and reportedly told Civil Beat reporter Nick Grube that they didn’t have a copy, but her office released the language of the censure bill shortly after her vote on the articles of impeachment. In the measure, Gabbard calls for a censure of Trump for his actions involving Ukraine, accusing the president of “a willful abuse of power” and “putting his personal political interests before those of the American people.”The decision to avoid taking a stand on either side of the impeachment question was not popular with some of Gabbard’s Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives. First-term Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York told reporters after the vote that “to not take a stand one way or another in a day of such grave consequence to this country is quite difficult. We’re here to lead.”The congresswoman became only the 20th member of the House in history not to vote on articles of impeachment against a sitting president and the first ever to vote “present.” In 1868, 17 members declined to participate in a vote on articles of impeachment against President Andrew Johnson.More than a century later, two House members missed voting on the four articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton in 1998. California Democrat George Miller was recovering from hip surgery; Maine Republican Tom Allen left halfway through the vote to walk his daughter down the aisle.“I can’t tell you how bad this feels,” Allen said at the time, calling the question of impeachment “one of the most important votes that… [I would] ever cast.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Tulsi Gabbard says she will skip the December Democratic debate

Tulsi Gabbard says she will skip the December Democratic debateDespite being one poll away from qualifying for the December debate, the Hawaii Congresswoman stated she wouldn't attend the debate.



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Gabbard Lawyers Demand Clinton Retract ‘Defamatory’ Russian Asset Comments

Gabbard Lawyers Demand Clinton Retract ‘Defamatory’ Russian Asset CommentsAttorneys for Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) on Monday demanded Hillary Clinton retract "defamatory" comments she made linking Gabbard to Russia."Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately," the 2020 presidential candidate's lawyer wrote in in a letter obtained by The Hill, adding that Clinton should "immediately" renounce her remark.“I think they’ve got their eye on someone who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said last month on the Campaign HQ podcast without referring to Gabbard directly. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill afterwards appeared to confirm she was referring to Gabbard, responding, "If the nesting doll fits," when asked whether Clinton had Gabbard in mind. After backlash, Merrill claimed that Clinton was referring to Republicans, not Russians, with the “grooming” comment."It appears you may now be claiming that this statement is about Republicans (not Russians) grooming Gabbard," wrote Gabbard's lawyer. "But this makes no sense in light of what you actually said. After you made the statement linking Congresswoman Gabbard to the Russians, you (through your spokesman) doubled down on it with the Russian nesting dolls remark."Gabbard scorched the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee in her response to the remarks, calling Clinton on Twitter, "the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that sickened the Democratic Party for so long.""From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you," Gabbard continued before challenging Clinton to "join the race directly."Gabbard has received bipartisan criticism over her anti-interventionist foreign policy, especially her view that Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad is "not an enemy" of the U.S.



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Tulsi Gabbard says she wants to defeat the 'Bush-Clinton doctrine' on foreign policy

Tulsi Gabbard says she wants to defeat the 'Bush-Clinton doctrine' on foreign policy"Those who follow the Bush-Clinton doctrine believe the only way to interact with other nations is by bombing them or starving them with draconian sanctions," Gabbard wrote.



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