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House Shoots Down Dem Rep's Impeachment Resolution

07 December 2017

Democratic Texas Rep. Al Green has submitted a resolution on the House floor calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he has committed "high misdemeanors" while in office.

"In doing this, hatred disguised as acceptable political correctness has festered in our body politic and polluted our discourse to our detriment", Green said.

Green's resolution is expected to fail, given widespread opposition among Republicans and most Democrats. Politically, the vote puts rank-and-file Democrats in a tough position - between a desire to allow the investigations to run their course, the possible discomfort of moderate voters, and the demands of the anti-Trump left wing.

Democratic leaders are expected to oppose Green's resolution, but aides said they aren't whipping rank-and-file members on the measure.

To back the claim, the articles of impeachment cite Trump's equivocating response to the violent clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia; his sharing of anti-Muslim videos posted online by a fringe British nationalist group; and attacks at NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest what they say police brutality.

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"Legitimate questions have been raised about his fitness to lead this nation". Green also charges Trump with "sowing discord" among the American people.

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment". "I will tell them that tomorrow we will bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the Congress of United States of America for a vote".

The House vote on the articles of impeachment failed overwhelmingly, 364-58.

"We ought to let Mr. Mueller complete his full investigation rather than engage in what would essentially be a public relations stunt", said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich). Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRight scrambles GOP budget strategy Dem rep Moulton calls on Franken to resign Mark Mellman: History's judgment MORE (D-Calif.) and other senior Democrats believe that talk of impeachment at this point is premature, citing the ongoing special counsel probe into Trump campaign contacts with the Russian government.

House Shoots Down Dem Rep's Impeachment Resolution