"It is premature. And to call for [impeachment] now you might blow your shot when it has a better chance of happening", he said, according to the Daily Beast. The vast majority of Democrats joined with Republicans in voting to table it. Democratic leaders announced beforehand they were opposed to Green's resolution.
"I will tell them that I refuse to sit on the sidelines while the world is considering one of the great issues of our time". 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.
Green decided not to force a vote at the time, but he pledged to do so before the year was out, which is soon.
"In his capacity as president of the United States, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof and of the harmony and courtesies necessary for stability within the society of the United States, Donald John Trump has, with his statements, done more than incite individuals and groups of Americans, more than insult individuals and groups of Americans". "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".
"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). It divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice cannot.
While virtually all Republicans and many Democrats are expected to vote to table Green's resolution, a few Democrats said Wednesday they will vote for Green's measure.