House votes to kill resolution to impeach Trump

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Congressman Green's articles of impeachment did not allege a specific crime, but the Texas Democrat argues that Trump "brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule, and disgrace on the presidency". "For this reason I will bring articles of impeachment to a vote in the House of Representatives", Green wrote in a letter to colleagues.

While Green is not the only member of Congress to have drafted articles of impeachment, he could become the first lawmaker to trigger a vote Wednesday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that while Trump has made several statements and taken actions "that are beyond the pale for most Americans", it was important to allow congressional committees probing Russian meddling in the USA election and possible Trump campaign collusion to proceed with their work.

All in all, it was a politically inept decision on Green's part.

Democratic leaders have urged Green to drop the idea, CNN said.

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At least a handful of fellow Democrats may vote for Green's resolution. All Republicans voted to turn away Green's resolution, while four Democratic lawmakers voted present. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, are both expected to vote to table the motion.

It remains highly unlikely that the majority of House representatives will vote to impeach Trump, as it would be necessary for the motion to be passed onto the Senate for a two-thirds vote. The leaders said Congressional inquiries and Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation should be allowed to continue.

"Therefore, 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", the resolution concludes.

Pelosi and Hoyer released a joint statement ahead of a floor vote on articles of impeachment sponsored by Rep. Al Green.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of MI says Democratic lawmakers can't let themselves be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw".

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