US House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin calls the four minority congresswomen targeted by President Donald Trump's controversial tweets "anti-American".

It passed by 240 votes to 187 in the Democratic-controlled chamber.

President Trump insisted he is "not relishing the fight", but says he is enjoying it because he has to get the message out to the American people.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump wrote that the congresswomen should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came".

Ayanna Pressley (L), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (C-L), Rashida Tlaib (C-R), and Ilhan Omar (R) speak about President Trump's Twitter attacks against them. The four women have fiercely criticized the president over border security policies and a host of other issues, even appearing at times to aggravate some Democratic Party elders with their ferocity, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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All four are USA citizens.

Trump tweeted the comments in apparent agreement with Kennedy amid accusations from the congresswomen that he is "racist". "I don't have a Racist bone in my body!" as he urged House Republicans to "not show 'weakness" in the face of "a Democrat con game".

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused the Democrats of using the controversy over the tweets to score political points.

In addition to considering Green's impeachment resolution, the House of Representatives will also vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for withholding information about the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. "That is the serious path that we are on", Pelosi told reporters.

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