U.S. House Denies Bid to Impeach President Trump; Votes to Hold AG Barr and Commerce Chief in Contempt
The U.S. House of Representatives, controlled by a majority of Democrats, has shot down a solo bid from a fellow Democrat to impeach President Trump.
Rep. Al Green announced his impeachment resolution earlier this week.
It was in response to controversial comments from President Trump many believe was aimed at four freshmen congresswomen.
In a tweet from last weekend, the president implied the Democratic representatives should return to the countries they came from.
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
All four of U.S. citizens and all but one were born in the U.S.
Despite Wednesday’s House vote to kill the resolution, the topic of impeachment is not likely to go away any time soon.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is set to testify next week.
Some Democrats are hoping Mueller’s testimony could open the door to an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
The house also voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt.
It passed largely along party lines with just four Democrats voting against the resolution.
One Independent representative, Justin Amash of Michigan, voted in support.
Last month the House Oversight Committee approved a resolution recommending contempt for Barr and Ross “for refusal to comply with subpoenas.”
Those subpoenas were issued as part of the investigation into the Trump administration’s bid to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
The impact of the contempt resolution isn’t clear, since it’s not likely a U.S. attorney would take action against the head of their own Justice Department.