July 18, 2019
On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly voted to indefinitely delay a consideration to impeach President Donald Trump, the first proposal of its kind in the Democrats’ efforts to remove Trump from office.
The vote was 332-95 with 1 representative voting “present”. 137 Democrats and 194 Republicans voted to delay the measure indefinitely.
The articles of impeachment were filed by Representative Al Green (D-Tx.) who has been one of the most vocal advocates for impeaching the president.
President Trump took to twitter to celebrate the end of what he called a “ridiculous and time consuming project.”
“The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution Impeachment, 332-95-1,” he tweeted. “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….”
“….Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more, is now OVER. This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!”
….Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more, is now OVER. This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2019
In response to the vote, Green said, “Whether we get 95 or 5, the point is we have to make a statement to the American people that there are some among us who believe that this president is unfit and should be impeached.”
“I don’t see 95 as a failure,” he added. “Just as I didn’t see 66 as a failure and I didn’t see 58 as a failure. I’m in this for the duration; this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
Green previously held votes on whether or not to advance articles of impeachment against the president in 2017 and 2018, gathering 66 and 58 votes, respectively.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) voted against sidelining the measure. He said that he would rather have the issue handed to his committee instead of being blocked.
“We will hear directly from special counsel Mueller one week from today,” said Nadler. “I very much doubt that today will be the last action we must consider to hold President Trump accountable.”
Speaker Pelosi, who has long been opposed to impeach the president, said that she would not support Green’s measure.
When asked if she supports the measure, she said, “No, I don’t. Does that come as a surprise?”
– MK. II