Opinion| Kirsters Baish| On Wednesday, the House voted against a resolution proposed by Texas Democrat Al Green to impeach President Trump over what he called “racist” comments about four Democratic congresswomen.
NBC News reports:
The vote — 332 to 95, with one lawmaker voting “present” — marked the first time the Democratic-controlled chamber had weighed in on impeachment, an issue that has created a widening schism within the party. Progressive newcomers and several 2020 candidates have pushed for impeachment proceedings, but the House leadership, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been resistant.
All Republicans joined with 137 Democrats and the lone independent, Justin Amash, to table the resolution. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., voted against killing the resolution, which his spokesperson said was because Nadler believed the House should have first sent it to his committee for consideration.
On Wednesday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained that she does not support Green’s resolution.
“We have six committees working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in. That is the serious path we’re on — not that Mr. Green is not serious, but we’ll deal with that on the floor,” the California Democrat said during a news conference.
Take a look at MSNBC’s report on the vote:
The President took to Twitter to slam the resolution saying, “The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution on Impeachment, 332-95-1. This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on. Impeachment of your President…”
The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution on Impeachment, 332-95-1. This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on. Impeachment of your President, who has led the….Loading...
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2019
The House overwhelmingly voted in favor of holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress after the resolution was voted on after the men reportedly withheld information regarding the “administration’s failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census,” according to NBC.
The House scheduled the vote after Barr and Ross withheld documents that had been subpoenaed by the Oversight and Reform Committee as part of its probe into the origins of the now-scuttled citizenship question.
On impeachment, Green forced the vote by reading his proposed articles of impeachment on Tuesday night.
He cited Trump’s recent remarks about four Democratic congresswoman of color, which the House voted to condemn as racist on Tuesday, as cause for seeking the president’s removal from office.
On Tuesday, Green claimed that the President’s remarks “have legitimatized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” He continued, “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.”
On Wednesday, the Democrat had told the media that he was hoping that the House would vote in favor of impeachment.
“Green rejected questions about whether he should hold on impeachment proceedings until after the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller next week,” according to NBC.
“The Mueller testimony has nothing to do with his bigotry. Nothing. Zero. Nada,” Green stated. “We cannot wait. As we wait, we risk having the blood of somebody on our hands — and it could be a member of Congress.”