Democrat plans to force impeachment vote against Trump this week

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Democratic leaders have previously warned party members against enacting articles of impeachment against Trump, arguing that such a move would be premature given the ongoing investigations into the former NY businessman's election campaign and administration.

The top two Democrats in the House of Representatives came out Wednesday against an effort to impeach President Trump, shortly before the House is expected to vote to kill the effort.

In all, 126 Democrats joined Republicans in voting to table Green's effort in the GOP-led House.

A Democrat congressman has vowed to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a move party leaders have long sought to block despite mounting frustration from a small group of liberal lawmakers.

The resolution offered by Green states that Trump has sown discord among the people of the USA based on national origin and race.

Green cited Trump's equivocating in the wake of a deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia, his attacks on Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) and his criticisms of NFL players' kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police abusing African-Americans.

Pelosi and Hoyer argued in their joint statement that Congress should wait for Congressional investigations and the special counsel's investigation to conclude.

Green and his allies were criticized for the effort, with the White House labeling them as "extremists".

Several Democratic lawmakers argued that it's premature to act before special counsel Robert Mueller's team completes its Russian Federation investigation.

Democratic leaders are expected to oppose Green's resolution, but aides said they aren't whipping rank-and-file members on the measure.

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment".

In October, Green filed articles of impeachment, but they did not get put to a vote.

"We ought to let Mr. Mueller complete his full investigation rather than engage in what would essentially be a public relations stunt", said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich).

The Hill noted Green plans to force the vote on a "privileged" resolution.

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