WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ed Case said Monday he will vote to impeachment President Donald Trump this week for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
But Hawaii’s other member of the House, Tulsi Gabbard, has yet to announce her intentions.
Case is a moderate Democrat who represents a deep blue district encompassing urban Honolulu, yet he’s been careful in weighing his decision, one that he’s described as one of the most consequential he’ll ever make.
In a two-page statement, Case said that the evidence against Trump makes clear that the president used his position to convince a foreign country, Ukraine, to investigate his political rivals, namely Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
“In reaching my conclusion, I have focused on the oath I took again this January to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States,’” Case said.
“I believe my oath requires me not only to place our Constitution above all other interests, but to act carefully, deliberately and inclusively especially in a decision of such lasting import to our country.”
The congressman has been criticized by some in Hawaii for not being more outspoken about impeaching the president.
“I have reached out and listened to my constituents every way I can.” — Rep. Ed Case
Case, however, has said he wanted to consider the views of all of his constituents, even the ones who may have voted for Trump in 2016 and did not support the impeachment inquiry. He reiterated this desire for inclusiveness in deliberations Monday.
“I have reached out and listened to my constituents every way I can,” Case said. “I have especially tried to understand the views of my fellow citizens who do not agree with impeachment. Reasonable and good Americans who care deeply for our Constitution and country do disagree. All deserve consideration and respect.
“My own obligation now is to make the decision, as a member of a separate, independent and co-equal branch of government with my own obligations to our Constitution and country.”
He added that if Congress did not move to impeach the president it would “betray our Constitution and have the most serious consequences to our country and system of government both today and for generations.”
Still unknown is how U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will vote when the time comes.
Like Case, Gabbard is a Democrat representing a deep blue district — rural Oahu and the neighbor islands. The congresswoman, however, has been cagey when it comes to talking about impeachment.
Gabbard, who’s running for president, was quick to move on from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, one that found evidence of possible obstruction of justice by Trump himself.
She has said that if Mueller found that Trump had conspired with Russia to win the election “it would have precipitated a terribly divisive crisis that could have even led to civil war.”
A darling of conservative pundits, Gabbard was the last 2020 Democrat in the presidential race to support the House impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Once the House Judiciary Committee drafted and approved on a partly-line vote two articles of impeachment last week, Gabbard’s office and campaign ignored Civil Beat’s repeated requests for comment.
At a recent campaign event in New Hampshire, CNN reported Gabbard expressed skepticism of the ongoing process.
“Pursuing impeachment for partisan reasons is something that will only further divide an already divided country and it actually undermines our democracy,” she said.
Gabbard then added that she was “undecided” on how she is going to vote.
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