Representative Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, tried to impeach President Trump. He forced the vote on Wednesday, but it didn't go quite as planned.
As Politico reported, House Democrats overwhelmingly joined Republicans to defeat the attempt. 58 Democrats voted to consider impeachment.
The Democrats who supported Green did so over the objections of House Democratic leaders. They said they viewed the measure "as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress."
The motion to kill the effort passed 364-58.
Green announced his intention to introduce articles of impeachment on Tuesday. In them, he described President Trump as a "bigot" who has "demeaned the presidency."
"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," Green said on the House floor as he introduced the articles.
Green, a seven-term, Houston-area lawmaker, said he felt obligated to push forward to the measure. However, he did acknowledge the slim chance of it passing.
“Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment,” Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a joint statement, shortly after Green introduced his articles of impeachment.
“It’s disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President’s decisive victory in last year’s election," spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. "Their time would be better spent focusing on tax relief for American families and businesses, and working to fund our troops and veterans through the holiday season rather than threaten a government shutdown.”
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