USA lawmakers deny Democrat's bid to impeach Trump

USA lawmakers deny Democrat's bid to impeach Trump

Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

While Green is not the only member of Congress to have drafted articles of impeachment, he could become the first lawmaker to trigger a vote Wednesday. The motions must be considered by the House and so Democrats will be forced to go on record about whether to impeach the president, CNN said.

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

At least a handful of fellow Democrats may vote for Green's resolution.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer tell Democrats: "Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment". I understand why many of my Democratic colleagues, including many who believe President Trump should ultimately be impeached, voted no on today's resolution.

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In the resolution, Green argues that Trump has sewn discord among Americans "by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism, or neo-Nazism".

"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.

They say legitimate questions have been raised about Trump's fitness to lead the nation, but say congressional investigations and a special counsel investigation should be allowed to continue. All Republicans voted to turn away Green's resolution, while four Democratic lawmakers voted present.

The resolution offered by Green states that Trump has sown discord among the people of the USA based on national origin and race. It does detail Trump's dalliances with the far right - including his failure to quickly denounce the white-nationalist marchers in Charlottesville - and his recent tweeting of anti-Muslim videos circulated by a British extremist group, as well as public acts and statements denigrating various groups and individuals. The vote was not on the articles of impeachment themselves but on tabling the proposal.

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