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House kills Texas lawmaker's Trump impeachment effort

By MIKE DEBONIS
The Washington Post

December 06. 2017 10:59PM




WASHINGTON — Republicans and most Democrats in the House banded together Wednesday to stop an attempt to impeach President Trump.

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, came to the House floor at 12:13 p.m. to offer articles of impeachment under special House rules requiring a floor vote; he returned to the floor at 1:34 to force that vote. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., offered a motion to table the resolution, which was adopted on a 364- 58 vote. Every lawmaker who opposed the motion was a Democrat, as were four others who voted present.

The top two House Democrats both voted to table the resolution after coming out against Green’s effort shortly before the House voted.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., issued a joint statement opposed to Green’s push, though they stopped short of calling on Democrats to vote to kill it.

“Democrats are firmly focused on taking real, effective steps to improve the lives of hard-working Americans and defeating Republicans’ cruel barrage of attacks on the middle class,” they wrote, pointing to their opposition to the pending Republican tax bill while acknowledging that Trump has “made statements and taken actions that are beyond the pale for most Americans.”

“Legitimate questions have been raised about his fitness to lead this nation,” Pelosi and Hoyer continued. “Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President’s actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel’s investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue. Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment.”


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