USA lawmakers quash Democrat congressman's bid to impeach Donald Trump

Republican strategist says Trump is closer to being impeached than you think

Every Republican voted against the measure, while 58 Democrats voted for impeachment, and four Democrats voted present.

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".

After his resolution was read aloud, the House voted 364-58 to table the resolution. In all, 126 Democrats joined Republicans in voting to table Green's effort in the GOP-led House.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., said Democratic lawmakers can not allow themselves to be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw".

Lawmakers did not debate the merits of his resolution. In October, Green filed impeachment articles that almost forced a vote - until House Democratic leaders persuaded him to abandon the effort.

The impeachment articles cite incidents including Trump's defense of protesters after a rally of white supremacists at this year's riot in Charlottesville, Virginia; his recent sharing of hateful, anti-Muslim videos posted online by a fringe British extremist group; his efforts to ban Muslim immigrants and his opposition to letting transgender people serve in the military.

Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) introduced a House resolution (H.Res. 646) to impeach President Trump on Wednesday.

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. "Legitimate questions have been raised about his fitness to lead this nation", Pelosi and Hoyer said. U.S. Representative Al Green (D-Tex.) had filed the two impeachment articles in October.

The longshot effort is expected to lose and is opposed by Democratic leaders who consider the effort premature.

In a dramatic speech on the floor ahead of the vote, Green called Trump "unfit" for office and accused him of "high misdemeanors". The statement referenced Congressional committees' investigations on alleged coordination between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election, saying the investigations "should be allowed to continue".

Under House rules, a "privileged" resolution for impeachment triggers nearly immediate consideration - generally, within two legislative days.

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