House Shoots Down Dem Rep's Impeachment Resolution

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The vote was not on the articles of impeachment themselves but on tabling the proposal.

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Dem says he will force House vote on impeachment Wednesday House Dem pledges vote to impeach Trump next week MORE (D-Texas) is seeking to force a House floor vote later Wednesday on impeaching President Trump, setting up a tougher decision for Democrats than Republicans.

The measure was voted down 364-58 as every Republican and a majority of Democrats opted to table the measure. The leaders said Congressional inquiries and Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation should be allowed to continue.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer tell Democrats: "Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that while Trump has made several statements and taken actions "that are beyond the pale for most Americans", it was important to allow congressional committees probing Russian meddling in the United States election and possible Trump campaign collusion to proceed with their work.

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In his memo sent to colleagues Tuesday, Green argued that the time for impeachment has come: "As I have said before, this is not about Democrats, it is about democracy. May everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all". Green hasn't listened, though, and his aggressive support for impeachment might cause problems for Democrats in 2018. The resolution cites the comments made after the white nationalist marches in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, after which Trump said the marchers on both sides were "very fine people".

"The question isn't whether we have a bigot as president", Green wrote in his letter, according to NPR. "In doing this, hatred disguised as acceptable political correctness has festered in our body politic and polluted our discourse to our detriment".

"Tomorrow we will bring Articles of Impeachment to the floor of the Congress of the United States of America for a vote", Green said Tuesday morning on the House floor, announcing that "three prominent Democrats" have asked to meet with him to discuss impeachment.

"The president is a criminal", said Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.).

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