Law­mak­ers deny bid to im­peach Trump

Voted 364 to 58 in re­jec­tion of Demo­crat Al Green’s res­o­lu­tion

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The US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives over­whelm­ingly re­jected a con­gress­man’s mo­tion Wed­nes­day to im­peach Pres­i­dent Trump, as Demo­cratic Party lead­ers ar­gued that now was not the time to pur­sue the ef­fort.

Law­mak­ers voted 364 to 58 in re­jec­tion of lib­eral Demo­crat Al Green’s res­o­lu­tion to be­gin im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings against the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent. The vote was not on the ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment them­selves but on tabling the pro­posal. Green had used a so-called priv­i­leged mo­tion to force a vote on the is­sue. All Repub­li­cans op­posed the mo­tion, along with 126 Democrats.

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 US elec­tion and pos­si­ble Trump cam­paign col­lu­sion to pro­ceed with their work.

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

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