Donald Trump impeachment bid fails in the House | 2019-07-18

Donald Trump impeachment bid fails in the House

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18th July, 2019 01:14:09 printer

Donald Trump impeachment bid fails in the House

 

A bid to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump has been blocked in the US House of Representatives.

Texas Democrat Al Green filed the resolution after the House voted to denounce Mr Trump's attacks aimed at four US congresswomen as racist.

But the measure failed to win enough support, with his fellow Democrats voting overwhelmingly against.

Mr Trump said the "ridiculous" attempts to impeach him were now "over".

"This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!" he tweeted.

Why now?

This week's attempt came on the heels of Mr Trump's repeated attacks against four congresswomen, which began with a series of tweets telling the unnamed politicians to "go back" to their countries.

All four of the women - Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib - are US citizens. Mr Trump has since tweeted he doesn't "have a Racist bone" in his body.

However, the House passed a symbolic resolution denouncing Mr Trump's "racist comments that have legitimised fear and hatred of New Americans and people of colour".

What is impeachment anyway?

In this context, to "impeach" means to bring charges in Congress which will form the basis for a trial.

The US constitution states a president "shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanours".

The process of impeachment has to be started by the House of Representatives and only needs a simple majority to pass. The trial will be held in the Senate.

But here, a two-thirds vote is necessary for the president's removal - and this milestone has never been reached in America's history.


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