Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is the only LGBTQ Congress member to not back an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, reports Out Magazine.
Following reports that Trump attempted to convince Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky into finding information about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for a formal investigation into removing him from office.
Currently, 215 of the 235 House Democrats, as well as over a dozen senators, have backed the inquiry. This includes nine of the ten LGBTQ members of Congress: Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
Several of the LGBTQ legislators took to Twitter to discuss their decision to back the inquiry.
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) September 24, 2019
I strongly support the House of Representatives moving forward with impeachment proceedings –– it is what the Constitution, my constituents, and my conscience demands.
My full statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/8Vo98AXQJq
— Rep. Katie Hill (@RepKatieHill) September 24, 2019
After careful deliberation, I'm supporting the House of Representatives taking the first step in an impeachment process, beginning an impeachment inquiry.
— Rep. Sharice Davids (@RepDavids) September 25, 2019
The president may have forsaken his duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution – but I haven't. I'm going to do what is right here and find out what the heck happened. That's what this inquiry is about. pic.twitter.com/4Yn8sxzGym
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) September 25, 2019
The memo released by the White House confirms the President placed personal interests over national security. We must hold the integrity of our electoral process above all else, put country over politics, & address the corruption threatening our democracy.https://t.co/RUwtdhqDTE
— Angie Craig (@RepAngieCraig) September 25, 2019
Today, I am announcing my support for formally launching impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. I cannot ignore the call to defend our institutions, to safeguard our democratic norms, and to stand up for our democracy. Watch my full statement: pic.twitter.com/RyNL9SArbH
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) August 22, 2019
However, notably missing from the list is Sinema. When questioned about whether she supported the impeachment by the Arizona Republic, she “did not explicitly say whether she supports or opposes the inquiry.”
Sinema told the paper that she believes “Congress must be given complete access to the whistleblower’s report and transcript as required by law.”
The only bisexual senator has often been described as a “moderate Democrat,” as she was found to agree with Trump’s policies 54 percent of the time by FiveThirtyEight.