Rep. Al Green's Call For A Vote On Trump's Impeachment Falls Hard, With Very Little Democratic Support
Only 58 people voted to impeach Trump and 364 voted to table the proposal.
December 07, 2017 at 8:12 pm
Less than a month ago, House Democrats filed articles of impeachment in effort to remove President Trump from office.
One of those Democrats, Representative Al Green (TX) tried to force a vote on impeachment this week, but has failed, with thanks to a 364-58 vote to table the resolution for now.
Green has been one of the most vocal members of Congress in calling for impeachment hearings against Trump.
"I love my country," Green wrote in a letter to his colleagues about his plans. "For this reason, I will bring articles of impeachment to a vote in the House of Representatives."
Green has said that Trump's timid dismissal of white supremacists at the August Unite the Right Rally is just one of the many reasons the president should be impeached.
The representative said that he believes that Trump's divisive language that has emboldened racists nationwide, and has also found fault with White House attacks on Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and NFL players who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
In the letter, Green states that Trump's rhetoric "divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice cannot."
Democratic leaders tried to prevent a vote in a closed-door meeting, but Green invoked a measure called privileged motion that allowed him to force a vote.
Subsequently, Republican leaders moved to "table" the motion, a procedural step which essentially bottles the proposal up indefinitely, reports Politico. Major Democratic voices in the House — like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Maryland Representative Steny Hoyer, the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the chamber — also voted to table the resolution.
White House spokesman Raj Shah called those in favor of the motion "extremists" in a statement following the vote.
"It's disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President's decisive victory in last year's election," Shah told CNN. "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."