House Votes To Kill Impeachment Resolution Against Trump
The House Of Representatives has voted to kill the impeachment resolution against Donald Trump.
The vote took place today (July 17) as a result of Texas Democratic Representative Al Green’s decision to read into articles of impeachment of the President following his attack on Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
The resolution would begin an impeachment inquiry into Trump based on the comments he tweeted, where he told the four women, all of whom are US citizens, they should ‘go back’ to the countries they came from.
However, the resolution went down on a vote of 332 to 95. There was a single abstention.
All 194 Republican voters, as well as 137 Democrats, opted to kill the resolution, CNN report. 95 Democrats – just over 40 per cent – voted to keep it alive, which is more than the amount who voted against tabling similar resolutions in 2017 and 2018.
Trump took to Twitter after the vote to call the impeachment effort ‘ridiculous’.
The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution on Impeachment, 332-95-1.
This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on. Impeachment of your President, who has led the Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more, is now OVER.
This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!
CNN reports Green dismissed calls to hold off on the resolution, arguing impeachment should follow Tuesday’s House vote, which condemned the President’s racist tweets.
I should not hold off, we should go forward as expeditiously as possible and we should do so because on yesterday we convicted the President … The condemnation was a conviction. Today we have the opportunity to punish.
As a result of what we did yesterday, the President suffers no harm, he doesn’t have to pay any fine, he’s not going to lose his job. But today we have the opportunity to punish.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had resisted previous efforts to open an impeachment inquiry, saying they should not move forward with impeachment unless the public is on their side, however, Green was able to force the vote under House rules.
Today’s vote marked the first time the Democratic-controlled chamber had weighed in on impeachment.
Ahead of the vote, Pelosi commented:
With all the respect in the world for him, we have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the President may have engaged in.
That is the serious path that we are on, not that Mr. Green is not serious, but we’ll deal with that on the floor.
Green brought up the impeachment resolution a week before special counsel Robert Mueller testifies publicly before the House about his 22-month investigation into the President.
Many impeachment backers believe the event will be key to swaying the public and skeptical lawmakers on impeachment.
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