Impeachment effort quashed by House Republicans and Democrats

Kristopher Drake
December 7, 2017

Congressman Green's articles of impeachment did not allege a specific crime, but the Texas Democrat argues that Trump "brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule, and disgrace on the presidency".

Green is using what's called a privileged resolution to bring up his bill filing articles of impeachment, which allows him to force a vote in the House within two days without having to get agreement from House Speaker Paul Ryan first.

Watch Green introduce the resolution below.

Most mainline Democrats believe that voting for impeachment is a premature move when the President is at the center of an ever expanding federal probe into whether anyone in his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

All in all, it was a politically inept decision on Green's part.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) implored Green and others in the party to shelve the idea.

"Democrats are firmly focused on taking real, effective steps to improve the lives of hard-working Americans and defeating Republicans' cruel barrage of attacks on the middle class", Pelosi and Hoyer said in a joint statement.

Still, 58 Democrats voted to advance Mr.

Several Dems contend that it's premature to bring articles of impeachment before special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation into the Kremlin's election meddling. Earlier in November, she told CNN that "it's not someplace that I think we should go", when asked about impeachment proceedings.

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment", they wrote in a statement. Green also charges Trump with "sowing discord" among the American people. Green would need a simple majority of members to support it and no Republican has suggested that Congress should remove Trump from office. Republicans are expected to offer a motion to table the resolution later Wednesday, effectively killing Green's resolution.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of MI says Democratic lawmakers can't let themselves be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw".

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