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


Voting prematurely forces Democrats facing re-election in tough districts to go on the record about their desire to impeach Trump, leaving them with a sort of Catch-22: If they vote to kill the resolution, they risk alienating the blue half of their voters; if they vote to proceed, they risk alienating the other half.

The measure was voted down 364-58 as every Republican and a majority of Democrats opted to table the measure.

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly quelled a congressman's resolution to impeach President Donald Trump as many Democratic Party leaders questioned its timing and termed the move as "premature".

In October, Green filed articles of impeachment, but they did not get put to a vote.

Al Green (D-Tex.) speaks to media in Houston on May 15, 2017, about his call for the impeachment of President Trump.

"This President has made statements and taken actions that are beyond the pale for most Americans, embracing those who espouse hatred and division while promoting policies that would harm our economy and undermine our national security".

"He has harmed the society of the United States; brought shame and dishonor to the office of president of the United States; sowing discord among the people of the United States by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism or neo-Nazism", Green said.

"There is an ongoing federal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and it should be allowed to continue".

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley also voted against the impeachment.

Under House rules, any member is allowed to offer a "privileged" resolution on the floor that must receive legal action within two days, a process Green used to ensure a vote on impeachment.

In his memo sent to colleagues Tuesday, Green argued that the time for impeachment has come: "As I have said before, this is not about Democrats, it is about democracy".

Congressman Lou Correa said although he was not a supporter of many of Trump's policies, he does not support impeaching him at this time. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our Republic. "It's time to have an open, honest debate on President Trump and his fitness for office", Capuano said.