Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) made good on his promise to force a vote on President Trump’s impeachment by Christmas, an effort that was overwhelmingly rejected in the House on Wednesday.
In a 364-58 vote, lawmakers voted down Green’s impeachment resolution with every Republican voting against seven-term lawmaker’s resolution, while 58 Democrats voted in support of Green’s resolution.
Green said he brought forward articles of impeachment against the president because Trump has “brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule and disgrace on the presidency” and “sown discord among the people of the United States.”
Green’s articles of impeachment cite Trump’s ambiguous response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., his retweets of anti-Muslim videos posted by a fringe British nationalist hate group, his repeated criticisms of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, his horrendous treatment of hurricane victims in Puerto Rico compared to Texas and Florida, and his personal attacks against Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), reports The Hill.
Rep. Al Green presents Articles of Impeachment against Trump: "He has harmed the society of the United States. Brought shame and dishonor to the office of President of the United States." pic.twitter.com/ACP2vGYb2j
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In a joint statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said there are “legitimate questions” about Trump’s fitness for office, but argued that the ongoing investigations by congressional committees and the FBI into Trump need to play out.
“Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President’s actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel’s investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue.”
“Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment,” they wrote.