On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives has voted to sideline an impeachment resolution against the United States President Donald Trump, effectively murdered the measure for now but didn’t exposed the issue that has divided Democrats.
The sponsor of the resolution, Democratic Representative Al Green was seeking to capitalize on growing criticism of President Trump after the recent attack of the US President on minority Congresswomen.
The US House of Representative votes 332 to 95 to set aside the measure.
President Trump tweets, “Impeachment of your President…., is now OVER. This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!”
Al Green had twice failed before to get an impeachment resolution passed, but has marked the first time the full House had addressed the issue since Democrats took the majority in 2018.
The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long tried to prevent Democrats from initiating the process of impeachment against President Trump, pending a House Judiciary Committee investigation into whether he collaborated with Russia’s interference in 2016 Presidential election and blocked Special Counsel Robert Muller’s probe of the issue.
However, the vote has put lawmakers on the account on the impeachment session. A clear majority of the US House’s 235 Democrats – 137 voted along with Republicans to table impeachment resolution of Green. But 95 Democrats opposed setting of the measure aside, and 1 Democrat voted present.
While on an increasing minority of Democrats in the US House have called for introducing an impeachment question, Democrats made its all clear that they didn’t support the efforts of Al Green, at least at present.
Pelosi told sources, “As I have said over and over again, with all the respect in the world for Mr. Green…, 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.”
The US House Majority Whip James Clyburn claims that he didn’t think were ready to discuss impeachment, partly due to Congress is scheduled to hear from Mueller in testimony in the coming week.
On Tuesday, Al Green has filed the resolution as a “privileged” issue that the chamber was forced to act on in 48-hours. But there was no debate prior to the vote.
Earlier, Al Green told sources that “this will be an opportunity for us to all go on the record: either we will move forward with impeachment or we will vote against it.”
He made his move a day after the US House voted to condemn President Trump for making such ‘racist” comments against four minority Democratic Congresswomen.
Green continued that his effort had nothing to do with the investigation of Mueller but he focused on President Trump’s attack on Congresswoman, which he claims that Donald Trump was unfit to be the President of the United States.