House Democratic leaders oppose Texas lawmaker's Trump impeachment effort

House Democratic leaders oppose Texas lawmaker's Trump impeachment effort

House Democratic leaders oppose Texas lawmaker's Trump impeachment effort

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.

But the process of impeaching an American president and removing him from office is complex and challenging. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called impeachment a waste of time and energy, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged patience for frustrated Democrats who wanted to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Congressman Green's articles of impeachment did not allege a specific crime, but the Texas Democrat argues that Trump "brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule, and disgrace on the presidency".

Other Democrats have also proposed articles of impeachment this year, but they have not forced a vote on the issue. All Republicans opposed the motion, along with 126 Democrats.

Led by Democratic Representative Al Green, the impeachment attempt was sidelined through a vote of 364-58, with House Democrats siding with Republicans to defeat the measure.

To back the claim, the articles of impeachment cite Trump's equivocating response to the violent clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia; his sharing of anti-Muslim videos posted online by a fringe British nationalist group; and attacks at NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest what they say police brutality.

Mr. Green is among a handful of liberal members who've pushed for impeachment now, even though Democrats do not control either chamber.

Several Democratic lawmakers argued that it's premature to act before special counsel Robert Mueller's team completes its Russian Federation investigation.

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

"He has harmed the society of the United States; brought shame and dishonor to the office of president of the United States; sowing discord among the people of the United States by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism or neo-Nazism", Green said.

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