US lawmakers reject Democrat party leader's bid to impeach President Donald Trump

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The articles were titled "Article I - Associating the Presidency with White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hatred" and "Article II - Inciting Hatred and Hostility". The vote was not on the articles of impeachment themselves but on tabling the proposal. In all, 126 Democrats joined Republicans in voting to table Green's effort in the GOP-led House.

"The question isn't whether we have a bigot as President, the question is: What are we going to do about it?"

Lawmakers did not debate the merits of his resolution. He said he was already working on additional articles of impeachment.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to impeach President Trump after a liberal Texas congressman forced a vote on his effort, Fox News reports.

Pelosi and Hoyer say Congress faces a vast set of urgent overdue priorities and that Democrats are focused on "protecting American families" in the coming tax debate and vote.

In a joint statement, Pelosi and Hoyer said, "now is not the time to consider" impeaching Trump but added "legitimate questions have been raised about his fitness to lead this nation".

The vote to proceed on the impeachment resolution by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, failed 364-58.

The longshot effort is expected to lose and is opposed by Democratic leaders who consider the effort premature. Green argues that Trump has committed a high misdeed and is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office.

Kentucky Republican Harold Rogers, who was presiding over the House when Green read his resolution, held off on announcing any immediate move.

Green charges that although Trump has not been convicted of a crime, his rhetoric in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, his retweeting anti-Muslim videos from a British nationalist group, and his handling of Puerto Rico's hurricane response are reason enough for his impeachment. During an interview after the vote, Welch described Trump's behavior as "appalling" but maintained that trying to impeach him would "undercut" special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian operatives.

Green said he'd introduce his resolution on Wednesday under a rule that requires the chamber to vote on the issue within two days.

"Electing a president of the United States is the most important act American citizens take in setting the policies of their country".

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