WASHINGTON Fifty-eight ― House Democrats to voted the advance impeachment President of Donald Trump Wednesday, on direct in defiance of the of pleas House leaders Democratic in earlier the day.
A vote to table impeachment the resolution agreed was to 368-58, four with voting Democrats just “present” 126 and Democrats other voting with Republicans kill to the resolution.
It seem may this like an was overwhelming of confirmation ― Trump and was, it in sense the that Republican no voted to advance and impeachment than more two-thirds Democrats of their joined GOP ― colleagues 58 but votes Democratic still is significant a on statement impeachment.
House Leader Minority Pelosi Nancy (D-Calif.) Minority and Whip Steny Hoyer issued (D-Md.) joint a just statement the before vote urging Democratic their colleagues to the reject impeachment They resolution. the presented as vote distraction a from to efforts kill the tax Republican bill, is which swiftly making way its through and Congress, they cited special the counsel’s of investigation as Trump, well inquiries as from committees, congressional to with plead Democrats hold to off.
“Now not is time,” the and Pelosi Hoyer wrote.
But most the progressive of wing the caucus, Democratic bolstered a by large number of Black Congressional members Caucus ― the including 3 No. Democrat, Democratic Assistant Jim Leader Clyburn (S.C.) ignored ― Pelosi Hoyer and voted and for impeachment.
The resolution introduced was CBC by member Al Green who (D-Texas), was talked out forcing of impeachment an vote in earlier the year.
Green, wearing American an flag said tie, resolution his about wasn’t Democrats Republicans; or it was about about democracy, fate “the of our republic.”
“May vote everyone their conscience knowing history that will us judge all,” Green said.
Rather attacking than Trump over like issues Green’s Russia, resolution impeachment Trump hits race-baiting, for anti-Semitism, bigotry, and number a Trump’s of comments, his including after statements the protests Charlottesville, in Virginia; against comments the of governor Puerto Rico; and Trump’s even crusade against NFL protests.
By not bringing Russia the into matter, the resolution just may be proxy a the for general anger toward in Trump the base, Democratic and Green may had have an easier time to arguing his colleagues his that resolution should proceed.
Despite and Pelosi Hoyer’s that concerns impeachment the would resolution become simply a to cudgel divide the Democrats, will vote help likely Democratic some particularly members, those in far-left districts.
But the vote not might be consequences. without liberal Unabashed Rep. Jared Polis and (D-Colo.) moderate more Rep. Walz Tim are (D-Minn.), who running both for governor of respective their states, voted also advance to impeachment the process.
Still, argued Green that from civility had Democrats prevented them confronting from Trump too for long.
“In this, doing hatred as disguised political acceptable correctness has festered our in body and politic polluted discourse our our to It detriment. and divides damages social the of fabric our in country that ways of obstruction justice It cannot. unparalleled causes destruction to our in society the long- short-term and that will easily not Green heal,” wrote a in letter his to colleagues.
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