House blocks effort to impeach Trump after resistance from Democratic leaders
The House blocked a Democratic member’s bid to impeach President Trump amid resistance from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders.
In a 332-95 vote Wednesday, the House refused to advance Texas Democrat Al Green’s impeachment resolution that cited the president’s tweets against four freshman House Democrats, all women of color, and other comments denounced as racist.
In the last Congress when Republicans controlled the House, Green twice tried to get a vote on articles of impeachment against Trump. Both attempts were soundly rejected, with many Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.
Trump called the effort the ‘‘most ridiculous project I’ve ever been involved in.’’
He said ‘‘the overwhelming vote against impeachment’’ is ‘‘the end of it’’ and called on Democrats to ‘‘go back to work.’’
Pelosi previously said that a number of Trump’s actions could be impeachable, but she has urged caution and patience while House committees continue their investigations.
“We have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of power, and the rest, that the president may have engaged in,” Pelosi said Wednesday before the House action. “That is the serious path we are on.”
More than 70 Democrats have said they support impeachment, but most of those discussions have focused on potential abuses of presidential power and findings in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“I think this is an enough-is-enough situation,” said Green. His resolution asserted that Trump is “unfit to represent the American values of decency and morality, respectability and civility, honesty and propriety, reputability and integrity.”
He said the timing of his impeachment effort, a day after the House voted to condemn Trump’s remarks, made sense -- even though many Democrats are waiting for Mueller to testify to two House committees next week.
“We’ll go where the facts will lead us,” said Pelosi of California.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.