Tulsi Gabbard votes ‘present’—the lone Democrat to do so.
Donald J. Trump has become the third president of the United States to be impeached when the U.S. House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against him on Wednesday night.
All four Indian American members of Congress voted to impeach the president on both counts: Article one, for abuse of power, and Article two for obstructing Congress.
The first article was passed by 230 to 197 and the second adopted by 229 to 198.
All four Democrats had indicated that they would be voting to impeach the president.
Shortly after she voted to impeach Trump, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat, tweeted: “President Trump solicited foreign interference before, he is doing it now & he will do it again. He is the smoking gun. This was a day of accountability & to defend our democracy. So today, to uphold my oath to Constitution and country, I voted to impeach Donald J. Trump.”
Fellow Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi tweeted: “I just cast my vote in favor of impeachment. This was never anything I expected to do or relished doing tonight. But I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. That’s what I did tonight.”
The other two Indian American congressmen who voted to impeach Trump are California Democrats Ami Bera and Ro Khanna.
“After careful consideration and review of the facts, I have decided to vote yes on both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,” Bera tweeted on Tuesday, the day before the historic vote.
In a surprise move, presidential candidate and Hindu American congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard voted just present.
The House will send the impeachment articles to the Senate, where Republicans have the majority. It is extremely unlikely that the Senate will remove Trump.