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Fifty-Eight House Democrats Vote to Proceed with Impeachment

07 December 2017
Fifty-Eight House Democrats Vote to Proceed with Impeachment

And Green said three Democrats are asking to meet with him in an apparent effort to dissuade him from bringing up the vote. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called impeachment a waste of time and energy, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged patience for frustrated Democrats who wanted to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Green's resolution is expected to fail, given widespread opposition among Republicans and most Democrats. That's because Republicans narrowly control the House and Democrats are divided on the issue. Green argues that Trump has committed a high misdeed and is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office.

Green cited Trump's equivocating in the wake of a deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia, his attacks on Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) and his criticisms of NFL players' kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police abusing African-Americans.

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment", Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a statement.

While virtually all Republicans and many Democrats are expected to vote to table Green's resolution, a few Democrats said Wednesday they will vote for Green's measure.

The resolution offered by Green states that Trump has sown discord among the people of the US based on national origin and race.

"The special counsel's investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue", she added, referring to Robert Mueller.

Representative Dan Kildee said Democratic lawmakers can not allow themselves to be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw".

Two other House Democrats have introduced impeachment articles, but they have not reached the floor.

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.

House Democratic leaders aren't in favor of pushing impeachment at this point as they seek to win back the majority next year.