The White House quickly dismissed your time and effort to impeach President Donald Trump, labeling Rep. Al Green and his allies “extremists.” | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Image Trump impeachment vote fails overwhelmingly The measure drew the support of 58 House Democrats.
House Democrats overwhelmingly became a member of Republicans on Wednesday to defeat an effort to impeach President Donald Trump. But 58 Democrats reinforced the bid to consider impeachment over the objections of House Democratic leaders, who viewed the evaluate as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress.
The motion to sideline the measure – killing your time and effort – was approved 364-58, with four Democrats voting present.
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The vote was forced by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who introduced content articles of impeachment describing Trump as a bigot who incites hate and has demeaned the presidency.
“Donald John Trump, by triggering such harm to the society of the United States is unfit to end up being president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office,” Green explained on the House floor seeing that he introduced the content articles.
But Green, a seven-term, Houston-area lawmaker, said his conscience compelled him to push forward with the measure, even though he acknowledged he was unlikely to achieve success.
“Now is not enough time to consider content articles of impeachment,” Democratic innovator Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a joint statement, soon after Green introduced his content articles of impeachment.
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The White House quickly dismissed your time and effort, labeling Green and his allies “extremists.”
“It’s disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President’s decisive success in last year’s election,” spokesman Raj Shah said in a declaration. “Their time will be better spent concentrating on tax relief for American family members and businesses, and working to fund our troops and veterans through the vacation season rather than threaten a federal government shutdown.”
Pelosi and her leading allies urged Democrats to help bottle up the measure throughout a closed-door caucus getting together with on Wednesday morning.
But Green offered the proposal as a so-called privileged motion, a procedural tactic that allows an individual member to force a vote. He previously flirted with forcing a vote on articles or blog posts of impeachment in October but backed apart amid pressure from Democratic leaders at that time. Republican leaders after that moved to “desk” the motion, a procedural step to bottle it up indefinitely.
Green’s content articles of impeachment cite Trump’s remarks in the aftermath of a bright white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, together with his attacks about Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) and his repeated criticism of NFL players who’ve protested abuses by police officers by kneeling through the national anthem.
“Friends, whether we enjoy it or not, we’ve a bigot in the White House who incites hatred and hostility,” he wrote in a letter to colleagues on Tuesday.