House Votes Against Impeachment — For Now

By on December 7, 2017
Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment.

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) introduced Articles of Impeachment in the House on Wednesday, but the measure was soundly voted down with a number of Democrats joining Republicans in opposition to the move.

Green called out Trump for basing his entire campaign platform on racist rhetoric and went on to blast the president for his “many sides” comments about the Charlottesvill protests, as well as his retweeting of Islamophobic material from a alt-right British extremist group.

Once his resolution was read out loud, the House voted 364-58 to table it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-NY) released a statement about why they oppose the impeachment vote at this time:

“This President has made statements and taken actions that are beyond the pale for most Americans, embracing those who espouse hatred and division while promoting policies that would harm our economy and undermine our national security. Legitimate questions have been raised about his fitness to lead this nation. 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.”

Most Democrats (and even a few Republicans) would agree that Trump has skirted the line of legality during his tenure in office. And that’s not to say anything of the collusion with Russia to undermine the election that the Trump campaign is being accused of undertaking.

Even with all the circumstantial evidence, it’s still probably a little too early to be talking about impeachment. Special counsel Robert Mueller is just beginning his work, and there’s no telling what he is going to uncover throughout the course of his investigation. If he presents enough evidence to implicate the president, then impeachment is a more tenable scenario.