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US House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

Democratic Representative Al Green speaks with the media after his impeachment motion was shelved. Source: SIPA USA

The US House of Representatives has voted 332 to 95 to set aside an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump.

The US House of Representatives has voted to table an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, effectively killing the measure for now but not burying the issue that has divided Democrats.

The resolution's sponsor, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalise on growing criticism of Trump after the president's recent attacks on minority congresswomen.

The House voted 332 to 95 to set aside the measure.

The US House of Representatives has voted to table an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump.
The US House of Representatives has voted to table an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump.
NYT

The majority of the House's 235 Democrats joined all Republicans in voting to indefinitely delay the impeachment bid, although a substantial number of Democrats went on record in favor of considering articles of impeachment. 

Mr Green had failed twice before to get an impeachment resolution passed, but Wednesday marked the first time the full House had addressed the matter since Democrats took the majority earlier this year.

President Trump was under fire this week after inflammatory tweets aimed at four congresswomen, which saw the United States House of Representatives approve a resolution condemning the "racist comments".

The text "strongly condemns President Trump's racist comments" and also took the president to task for "referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as 'invaders.'" 

Democratic Representatives Ayanna Pressley (L), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (C-L), Rashida Tlaib (C-R), and Ilhan Omar (R)
Ayanna Pressley (L), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (C-L), Rashida Tlaib (C-R), and Ilhan Omar (R) speak about President Trump's Twitter attacks against them.
AAP Image/EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Outrage over Mr Trump's Sunday tweetstorm - in which he told four prominent minority Democratic congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" - has since diverted attention from all other business in Washington.

With wires...

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