Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was the only member of the House to vote “present” on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Gabbard refused to take a position in favor or against either of the charges brought against the president: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Gabbard did not vote in any of the four procedural votes earlier in the day, nor did she speak speak, as other members did, during several hours of debate preceding the two votes.
Gabbard is running for the Democratic nomination while also frequently criticizing the party’s establishment, particularly on foreign policy, where the combat veteran has opposed foreign intervention. Wednesday’s vote marked another break with the party for Gabbard, who announced in October