Colorado Rep. Jared Polis votes to start impeachment proceedings for Trump
A Congressman from Colorado voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday.
Jared Polis, who is also running for governor, tweeted about his decision to vote to open the debate for impeachment.
"With great reflection and sadness, today I voted to open debate on an Impeachment Resolution against President Trump.
From day one, our president has shown contempt for the truth and for basic transparency at every turn. New evidence comes to light almost every week casting serious doubt upon his truthfulness, his integrity, and his ability to lead -- from undermining a federal investigation into his campaign, to allegedly sharing classified intelligence with Russian government officials, to potential collusion and obstruction of justice.
Congress cannot continue to pretend that the president's behavior isn't putting our republic at risk. This is a debate that must happen NOW for the good of our country.
Colorado families deserve to have confidence in our elected leaders and this is one step toward ensuring our government remains accountable to the people.I've never hesitated to fight for our values as a representative, and I won't hesitate to fight for them as your governor."
With great reflection and sadness, today I voted to open debate on an Impeachment Resolution against President Trump. I’ve never hesitated to fight for our values as a representative, and I won’t hesitate to fight for them as your governor. pic.twitter.com/8fkzSNPC1Y— Polis for Colorado (@PolisForCO) December 6, 2017
Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, made the original proposal to vote on impeachment proceedings. Two-to-one, Democrats in the House of Representatives sided with Republicans against the idea. The vote to table impeachment won overall by 364 to 58; all of the 58 were Democrats.
Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, the House Minority Leader and Democratic Whip, said it's not the time to consider impeachment.