U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District said Tuesday he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump for abusing the power of his office, but not on a second impeachment that charges the Republican president with obstructing a congressional probe.
The announcement ahead of a Tuesday evening call with Maine reporters ended the monthslong speculation on how the freshman Democratic congressman would vote on the issue. He comes from a Republican-leaning district that elected him narrowly in 2018 and backed Trump by 10 percentage points in the 2016 election.
The congressman has worked to draw a line between his October vote in support of the impeachment inquiry and his feelings on whether Trump should be impeached, but he has been hammered by Republicans running against him in the 2020 election. Since House Democrats have enough members to advance the articles to a Senate trial even with Republican opposition, the effect Golden’s vote will be largely on him.