Democrat Jared Golden — who comes from a district Trump won in 2016 — said in a Facebook post that he plans to vote for the “abuse of power” charge but not the “obstruction of Congress” charge.
As the House prepares to vote on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) said he plans to vote for just one of the two impeachment articles.
Golden says, “I did not reach this conclusion lightly,” and warns that the lack of bipartisan support for impeachment is the “greatest threat” to the country.
“In the end, I believe the failure of Congress to act in a bipartisan fashion to send this message may represent the greatest threat of all to the health of our democracy.”
He writes that after now-former Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation, he found Trump’s actions to be “beneath the office of the presidency,” but did not find that they rise to the level of an impeachable offense.
“It was my personal judgement that the president’s efforts to impede the investigation did not meet the threshold for launching impeachment proceedings.”
Golden adds that he believes that voters have the right to decide whether they find Trump’s actions acceptable by exercising their right to vote. But, he says he found Trump’s dealings with Ukraine “deeply troubling and unacceptable.”