On Wednesday, United States representative Al Green forced Congress to vote on whether or not to impeach president Trump. The final vote came to 58 in favor of impeachment and a substantial 364 against.
Although it seems that an overwhelming majority voted to shoot down the impeachment proceedings, it shouldn’t be ignored that 58 sitting U.S. congressmen voted to remove the president. White House spokesperson Raj Shah had this to say:
“It’s disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President’s decisive victory in last year’s election,”
“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.”
Green, a democratic representative from Texas, and the one responsible for introducing the articles of impeachment, spoke on the house floor saying that President Trump has “undermined the integrity of his office and has sewn discord among the people of the United States.”
The articles did not include information in reference to the on-going investigations that have brought charges to four separate Trump administration aides. They did focus however, on the divisiveness of the President’s statements and tweets involving Charlottesville, the NFL, and Islamophobia.
Green claims that crimes the President may or may not have committed are not important. In a letter the representative wrote to other lawmakers he stated:
“The question isn’t whether we have a bigot as President, the question is: What are we going to do about it?”
“The answer is: impeachment for his high misdemeanors, which need not be a crime.”
Two high ranking democrats, Keith Ellison of Minnesota who is the vice chairman of the DNC, and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who is the assistant democratic leader were included in those who voted for impeachment.
Minority leader Nancy Pelosi however voted with republicans to table the issue and stated:
“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.”
Pelosi raised the concern that investigations into the Trump and his administration have not yet been completed, and therefore is too early to proceed with articles that would remove the sitting U.S. President.
Green is not the first representative to introduce articles of impeachment towards Donald Trump. Brad Sherman, a democratic representative of California attempted to begin the impeachment process in July after he claimed Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey during the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was an obstruction of justice.