Only 58 Democrats in Congress supported a move to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, despite mounting evidence that he deserves to be removed from office.
Three New Jersey Democrats — Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Rep. Albio Sires and Rep. Donald Payne Jr. — did not vote to impeach Trump when an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) to gain consideration of Republicans, who hold the majority in the House and are unlikely to allow hearings on the impeachment articles.
A privileged resolution on impeachment was brought to the floor by Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 but Republican Majority Leader McCarthy moved for it to be tabled, or put aside, which passed with a 364-58 vote with four members voting present and six others not voting.
The vote to table the resolution split Democrats 126 to 58, with many of them — including members of leadership — calling Green’s move premature, despite national opinion polls that show a .
“Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland, because cowardly political insiders make them feel like Democrats are not worthy of fighting for Americans,” said McCormick. “Americans want leaders who show their concern for the country and our Constitution and our national security and our democracy.”
“I think the Democratic base needs to be activated. The Democratic base needs to know there are members of Congress willing to stand up against this president,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).
in the Republican-led House.
Establishment Democratic leaders have argued that the impeachment campaign could rile up Trump’s GOP base in next year’s midterm elections. Other lawmakers insist the nation must await the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, while that probe could be ended by the White House before Christmas.
The five articles accused the president of obstruction of justice related to the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and other offenses.
The obstruction of justice allegation stems from Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, which Democratic lawmakers say was designed to delay and impede an investigation.
The articles of impeachment also charge that Trump has accepted without the consent of Congress emoluments from foreign states and from the U.S. government. Finally, the articles of impeachment allege he has undermined the federal judiciary and the freedom of the press.
Other lawmakers who have signed onto to the resolution are Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Adriano Espaillat of New York and John Yarmuth of Kentucky.
Gutierrez said he wasn’t afraid to support the resolution despite the concerns of some fellow Democrats.
“I see a crime and I have a responsibility to dial 911 immediately. I don’t call and try to reach my consensus with all my neighbors and all my friends and those whose opinion I might seek out,” Gutierrez said.
Espaillat made history in November, 2016, when he became the first Dominican American and first the first formerly undocumented immigrant elected to the U.S. Congress. Espaillat arrived in America as a young boy, at the age of 9, from the Dominican Republic, with his parents, a brother and a sister. Because of US immigration laws, Espaillat and his family had to return to the Dominican Republic before re-entering the United States legally.