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US House votes not to continue impeachment proceedings for Trump

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-07-18 07:35

US President Donald Trump attends a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington DC, the United States, July 11, 2019. [Photo/IC]

WASHINGTON - Despite support from nearly 100 lawmakers, a resolution to impeach US President Donald Trump was killed in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The House voted 332-95 to table the bill, signifying a deeply divided Democratic Party on whether to impeach Trump, especially after Trump fired racially charged tweets at progressive lawmakers that evoked outcry from both sides of the aisle.

The bill was forwarded by representative Al Green, a Democrat from Texas. The bill alleges that Trump has "sown seeds of discord among the people of the United States" and "demonstrated that he is unfit to be president."

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was reluctant to have the impeachment debate consume floor time of other policy issues, Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy moved to table the bill, on which the majority of the lawmakers agreed.

Trump told the press that the impeachment bill was "the most ridiculous project" he had been involved in. "We have just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment. And that's the end of it," he said.

Pelosi tried to persuade fellow Democratic lawmakers that impeaching Trump was not the best strategy, but frustration against the Trump administration over immigration policies, obstruction of justice allegations and personal attacks on political opponents gave a sizable portion of House Democrats enough reason to rebel against party leadership and back impeachment proceedings.

Trump on Sunday told a group of four ethnic minority female lawmakers to "go back" to the "places from which they came," and later doubled down on his position by saying that the lawmakers "hate" the United States.

The remarks received universal criticism from the Democratic Party, and many Republican lawmakers also said such statements were inappropriate.

The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to condemn Trump for the remarks, with four Republican lawmakers joining the ranks of Democrats in supporting the bill.

According to the Pew Research Center, there are currently 52 voting members in the House and 16 members in the Senate who are immigrants or children of immigrants. Most of them are Democrats.

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