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Wednesday's Trump impeachment vote fails spectacularly

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Only 58 Democrats on Wednesday were willing to vote in support of a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump. A vote to table the resolution was approved 364-58.

What are the details?

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) introduced the articles of impeachment and forced the vote.

Green's articles of impeachment claimed that Trump was not acting in a manner fit for the office of the president of the United States of America.

Green said during a floor speech, "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," as he introduced the articles, which were titled "Associating the Presidency with White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hatred" and "Inciting Hatred and Hostility."

What did the Democratic leadership say about this?

Shortly after Green introduced the articles, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a statement said, "Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment."

Pelosi has been aggressively attempting to quell actual votes on impeachment this year, believing that they will hurt Democrats at the ballot box in 2018.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who is a senior member on the House Judiciary Committee, said in September that a premature introduction of impeachment articles would make it harder to justify a potential future impeachment if a vote was forced with no evidence.

Green, after the vote's failure, said that he wouldn't give up his quest to remove Trump from office.

"It’s a process, and this is another step in the process," he explained. "Just stay tuned. I assure you, that’s not the last vote to impeach."

How did the White House respond?

The White House decried Green and those supporting the measure as "extremists."

Raj Shah, a spokesman for the White House, said in a statement:

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.
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