House Shoots Down Dem Rep's Impeachment Resolution

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Democratic leaders have previously warned party members against enacting articles of impeachment against Trump, arguing that such a move would be premature given the ongoing investigations into the former NY businessman's election campaign and administration.

A longshot bid to impeach President Trump failed on Wednesday. Democratic leaders announced beforehand they were opposed to Green's resolution.

Washington, Dec 7 The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected a congressman's motion today to impeach President Trump, as Democratic Party leaders argued that now was not the time to pursue the effort. The vote was not on the articles of impeachment themselves but on tabling the proposal. Politically, the vote puts rank-and-file Democrats in a tough position - between a desire to allow the investigations to run their course, the possible discomfort of moderate voters, and the demands of the anti-Trump left wing.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has advised Democrats to exercise caution and wait until sufficient evidence that Trump committed an impeachable offense turns up.

The most likely result, however, is that House Speaker Paul Ryan will bring up a vote on a "motion to table" Green's impeachment resolution Wednesday - essentially killing it.

Green first introduced impeachment proceedings in October, but forced the vote yesterday.

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Green's resolution is expected to fail, given widespread opposition among Republicans and most Democrats.

Pelosi and Hoyer said in a statement that while legitimate questions exist about Trump's fitness to lead, now is not the time for impeachment.

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.

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment", they wrote in a statement.

Green added that President Trump has "sown discord among the people of the United States". "I will tell them that tomorrow, we will bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the Congress of the United States of America for a vote".

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