Rep. Al Green's bid to impeach Trump fails in the House

U.S. Rep. Pramilla Jayapal voted for a measure Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump

U.S. Rep. Pramilla Jayapal voted for a measure Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment".

Al Green (D-TX) said on Tuesday that he will bring the articles to the floor for a vote on Wednesday, adding that prominent Democratic leaders have asked to meet with him to discuss the bill. The House voted 364-58 to table Green's resolution, which effectively killed the measure, with 126 Democrats voting to reject the resolution as well.

The House has overwhelmingly voted to kill a resolution from a Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Donald Trump.

"I will tell them I refuse to sit on the sidelines while the world is considering one of the great issues of our time", Green said. 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.

Al Green (R-Tex.) came to the House floor at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday to offer articles of impeachment under special House rules requiring a floor vote; he returned to the floor at 1:34 to force that vote. Green would need a simple majority of members to support it and no Republican has suggested that Congress should remove Trump from office.

But Green and his fellows don't want to wait. "In fact, impeachment, as prophetically defined by the framers of the Constitution, was designed for a time such as this and a president such as Trump". "May everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all".

Watch Green introduce the resolution below. "In doing this, hatred disguised as acceptable political correctness has festered in our body politic and polluted our discourse to our detriment". "It divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice cannot". The president blamed both sides for the violence, including counter-protesters, sparking criticism from many who saw it as an equivocal response.

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