Impeachment effort quashed by House Republicans and Democrats

Voting prematurely forces Democrats facing re-election in tough districts to go on the record about their desire to impeach Trump, leaving them with a sort of Catch-22: If they vote to kill the resolution, they risk alienating the blue half of their voters; if they vote to proceed, they risk alienating the other half.

"As I have said before, this is not about Democrats, it is about democracy".

A Democrat congressman has vowed to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a move party leaders have long sought to block despite mounting frustration from a small group of liberal lawmakers.

"I am absolutely convinced that this is a road worth traveling", Green said in his floor speech on Wednesday.

The measure was voted down 364-58 as every Republican and a majority of Democrats opted to table the measure.

Green had used a so-called privileged motion to force a vote on the issue. "I will tell them that tomorrow we will bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the Congress of United States of America for a vote".

Scrutiny on Trump has intensified in recent days after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI on Friday.

In the resolution, Green argues that Trump has sown discord among Americans "by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism, or neo-Nazism". It divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice cannot. NPR reported it is not expected to succeed.

Republicans leaders who control the House are expected to vote to brush Mr Green's motion aside, according to Politico. The president blamed both sides for the violence, including counter-protesters, sparking criticism from many who saw it as an equivocal response.

"The president is a criminal", said Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.).

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