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Tulsi Gabbard supports impeachment inquiry days after saying there wasn't a 'compelling' case

What changed?

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) spent most of this week dismissing the Democratic Party's efforts to impeach President Donald Trump as being unnecessarily divisive, saying that there wasn't a "compelling" case for impeachment.

Friday, however, the presidential candidate changed her mind, saying in a press release that it is "necessary" for her to publicly support an impeachment inquiry into the allegation that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son by threatening to withhold aid money.

Here's a recap of Gabbard's ... evolution ... on this issue:

Tulsi Gabbard during a Tuesday interview on Fox News: "I've been consistent in saying I believe that impeachment at this juncture would be terribly divisive for the country at a time when we are already extremely divided."

Tulsi Gabbard during a Wednesday interview on Hill.TV's "Rising": "Most people reading through that transcript are not going to find that extremely compelling cause to throw out a president that won an election in 2016."

Tulsi Gabbard in a Friday statement: "However, after carefully looking at the transcript of the conversation with Ukraine's president, the whistleblower complaint, the Inspector General memo, and President Trump's comments about the issue, unfortunately, I believe that if we do not proceed with the inquiry, it will set a very dangerous precedent."

Gabbard had been the only Democratic candidate speaking out in opposition to an impeachment inquiry, and now becomes one of a growing group of Democratic representatives supporting impeachment.

While exact counts are unclear, and will depend on the specifics of proposed articles of impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) support of impeachment after months of resistance has brought her caucus to the cusp of having enough votes to get a majority.

(H/T: Axios)

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