The House of Representatives voted Wednesday on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but frankly, it wasn't even a close vote.
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) and five other Democrats disobeyed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and used a procedural move to force the floor vote on his bill. Prior to the vote, he urged his colleagues to take the opportunity to call for the president’s removal.
"He’s unmindful of the high duties of his high office. He has brought disrepute, contempt and ridicule on the presidency. He has harmed American society by publicly casting contempt on individuals and groups."
The measure didn’t get much support, though, failing by a 364-58 margin.
Following the vote, the House Democratic leadership issued the following statement:
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.
Even if the House had somehow voted for impeachment, a trial by the Republican-controlled Senate would ultimately decide the president’s fate.