Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday, forcing a vote that ended with the vast majority of Democrats joining with Republicans to defeat the bid, 364-58.
According to Politico, Green suspected he would not succeed but was compelled by his conscience to act:
"Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office," Green said on the House floor as he introduced the articles.
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi attempted to quash the the measure, saying, “Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment.”
But Green offered the proposal as a so-called privileged motion, a procedural tactic that allows a single member to force a vote. He had flirted with forcing a vote on articles of impeachment in October but backed away amid pressure from Democratic leaders at the time. Republican leaders then moved to "table" the motion, a procedural step to bottle it up indefinitely.
The White House responded calling Green an "extremist":
“It’s disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President’s decisive victory in last year’s election," spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. "Their time would be better spent focusing on tax relief for American families and businesses, and working to fund our troops and veterans through the holiday season rather than threaten a government shutdown.”