WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tom Reed voted against both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump which passed the House of Representatives, largely along party lines, Wednesday night.
The House voted 230-197-1 on the first article, abuse of power and 229-198-1 on the second article, obstruction of Congress. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) voted present on both articles, rather than for or against.
Reed, who was among the first congressman to endorse Donald Trump’s candidacy and has remained a staunch ally to the embattled president, reiterated during a press call Wednesday afternoon that he had not seen strong enough evidence presented during the hearing phase to warrant impeachment.
“The president enjoys the presumption of innocence and there’s a legitimate government function that he was raising in that there’s a corruption inquiry that he was seeking,” Reed told reporters during his weekly press call on Wednesday afternoon. “If you’re going to throw a president out of office and turn your back on hundreds of millions that supported him, I think that is something that we should not be doing lightly and I think this is best left to the American people come November.”
Reed voted against authorizing the impeachment inquiry in October and has consistently argued that the president’s conduct was not inappropriate and does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.
The impeachment articles will now be delivered to the Senate for a trial, expected to begin in January.
Reed says he expects it to be a quick trial, though Senate leaders, including Minority Leader and New York Senator Chuck Schumer, have not agreed to procedures for the trial process moving forward.