Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Democrat intends to force impeachment vote against Donald Trump

Democrat intends to force impeachment vote against Donald Trump

Forcing a vote on impeachment before investigators complete their work, Democratic leaders say, may undermine the potential for a bipartisan effort over impeachment if inquiries uncovered compelling evidence against Trump. If Pelosi and the House minority leadership want to keep impeachment hopes alive, they need to rein him in. Republicans are expected to offer a motion to table the resolution later Wednesday, effectively killing Green's resolution. Only 58 Democrats supported the proposal while the others believed that it was a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress. Republicans control the House by a comfortable margin, while even many Democrats are lukewarm or cold to the idea of impeachment.

Green also has cited Trump lashing out at NFL players who kneeled during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and his Muslim travel ban.

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".

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment", Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a statement.

The White House quickly dismissed the impeachment effort, labeling Green and his allies "extremists".

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Several Dems contend that it's premature to bring articles of impeachment before special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation into the Kremlin's election meddling.

The House has to approve the articles of impeachment by a simple majority before they would move on to the Senate.

In response, Democratic leaders resisted Green's call to action, insisting that more urgent matters warranted attention, namely the tax bill and the Russian Federation investigation.

Representative Dan Kildee said Democratic lawmakers can not allow themselves to be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw". Earlier in November, she told CNN that "it's not someplace that I think we should go", when asked about impeachment proceedings.

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