The first House-passed article of impeachment charged Trump with abusing his power by pushing Ukraine to probe former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and Democrats while withholding almost $400 million in military aid to the country, as well as an official White House visit for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
In her written statement, Gabbard added that she based her vote on what she felt was the right thing to do - not the political fallout.
"I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fuelled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country", she added.
The Republican party now holds a majority presence in the Senate, with 53 seats to Democrats' 47.
Speaking with "Fox and Friends" on Monday, McConnell said "we're at an impasse" and "we can't do anything until the speaker sends the papers over, so everybody enjoy the holidays".
'Increase his support and the likelihood that he'll have a better shot at getting elected while also seeing the likelihood that the House will lose a lot of seats to Republicans'.
"I think we might have a couple", of Democratic senators who will join the Republicans not to convict Trump in the trial, Xinhua news agency reported citing Georgia Senator David Perdue as saying to The Hill website on Thursday.
"Is Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, going to try to rig this trial, working in lockstep with the president and his lawyers?"
The House impeachment vote made it clear that there's a strong party line bias when it comes to impeachment.
Those comments have now sounded alarm bells for at least one Republican senator: Lisa Murkowski (AK), who told local NBC affiliate KTUU, "In fairness, when I heard that, I was disturbed". "To me, it's a tactic", said Braun. And in addressing the matter further, Biden faulted himself for drawing attention to how he could factor into an impeachment trial, despite his pleas to news media to focus on Trump and his behavior in office.
This led many to assume that she was trying not to alienate any of her potential voters in the 2020 Democratic primaries.
She told ABC News that it could leave "lasting damage" on the country as a whole.
She added, "Thinking about what's politically advantageous, whether for me or for my party, does not enter into my mind around these decisions that have really great effect".