The House of Representatives voted to kill proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump put forward by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) on Wednesday afternoon, July 17.
A majority of Democrats and Republicans struck down the measure by a vote of 332-95.
This is the first time that the impeachment question has been brought before the House for a vote. It came just a day after Tuesday’s House resolution to formally condemn a series of tweets that President Trump made on Sunday, July 14, criticizing four junior congresswomen and using language that some found to be racially insensitive.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has opposed pursuing impeachment of the president, unless and until an “ironclad” case can be made against him that would carry support from both parties. To date, political support for an impeachment process has been far from adequate to gain traction, despite the several ongoing investigations into the Trump administration by multiple House committees.
President Trump chimed in after Wednesday’s vote, again taking to Twitter to post, “The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution on Impeachment, 332-95-1. This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time-consuming project I have ever had to work on.”
Trump continued, “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!”
Democrats may revisit the impeachment discussion after next week’s expected testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, scheduled before both the House Intelligence and the House Judiciary committees.
However, for the time being, at least, the idea of impeaching President Trump looks to be a long shot.