House Votes Against Impeaching Trump

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On Dec. 6, House Democrats pushed forward the vote on whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump. It did not go too well for them.

Only 58 representatives -- all Democrats -- voted in favor of going forward with the proposed impeachment, while 364 lawmakers cast their votes to strike down the proceedings, reports Politico.

Despite a lack of support from many of his party leaders, Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas forced the vote after presenting the articles of impeachment on the House floor.

"Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office," Green said at the time.

Those articles cited Trump for "Associating the Presidency with White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hatred" and "Inciting Hatred and Hostility."

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He went on, saying the president "undermined the integrity of his office and has sewn discord among the people of the United States," according to NPR.

Though some high-ranking Democratic representatives like Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and DNC head Keith Ellison of Minnesota voted in favor of the movement to oust Trump, others such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland came out staunchly against it.

"Legitimate questions have been raised about [Trump's] fitness to lead this nation," Pelosi and Hoyer wrote in a joint statement. "Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President's actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel's investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue. Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment."

A number of Democrats are reportedly hesitant to back any impeachment efforts before Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller concludes probing the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and the reported connection to Trump's campaign. Several lawmakers said that to move ahead too quickly would delegitimize any later impeachment attempts that could then be brushed off as partisan.

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"Electing a president of the United States is the most important act American citizens take in setting the policies of their country," Hoyer said. "That should not be overturned except for the most egregious and demonstrable facts. Do we disagree with [Trump's] policies? We do. But disagreeing with the policies is not enough to overturn an election -- a free and fair election -- of the American people."

White House spokesman Raj Shah said that Green and others who want Trump impeached are going way overboard, according to Politico.

"It's disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President's decisive victory in last year's election," Shah said in a statement. "Their time would be better spent focusing on tax relief for American families and businesses, and working to fund our troops and veterans through the holiday season rather than threaten a government shutdown."

Sources: Politico (2), NPR / Featured Image: Office of the Speaker of the House via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: U.S. Congress via Wikimedia CommonsU.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey

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