House Democratic leaders oppose Texas lawmaker's Trump impeachment effort

US President Donald Trump arrives to speak about tax reform legislation in St Louis Missouri

Green has discussed impeaching Trump since the spring and previously filed impeachment articles in October, almost forcing a vote at that time before House Democratic leaders persuaded him to temporarily abandon the effort. 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. All Republicans voted to turn away Green's resolution, while four Democratic lawmakers voted present. Only 58 Democrats supported the proposal while the others believed that it was a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress.

"Legitimate questions have been raised about his fitness to lead this nation", Pelosi and Hoyer continued.

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

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

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




"Therefore, Donald John Trump by causing such harm to the society of the United States is unfit to be President and warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office", the resolution concludes.

Green's effort is also certain to be opposed by all Republicans.

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". "For this reason, I will bring articles of impeachment to a vote in the House of Representatives".

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.

Green's impeachment articles cite incidents including Trump's defense of protesters after a rally of white supremacists at this year's riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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