(2017-12-07) Trump Impeachment Vote Fails Overwhelmingly

Donald Trump impeachment vote fails overwhelmingly

House Democrats overwhelmingly joined Republicans on Wednesday to defeat an attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. But 58 Democrats supported the bid to consider impeachment over the objections of House Democratic leaders, who viewed the measure as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress. The motion to sideline the measure — killing the effort — was approved 364-58, with four Democrats voting present.

The vote was forced by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who introduced articles of impeachment describing Trump as a bigot who incites hate and has demeaned the presidency.

“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

Democrats in potentially more vulnerable seats are less likely to get on board with an idea that, at least in this moment, is still not even near politically ripe for the party bosses. And it's clear national Democrats see there's danger in pushing the issue right now. Opponents of the president have their work cut out for them if impeachment is the ultimate end game.

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