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Washington, Dec 7 The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected a congressman's motion today to impeach President Trump, as Democratic Party leaders argued that now was not the time to pursue the effort.

Green has discussed impeaching Trump since the spring and previously filed impeachment articles in October, almost forcing a vote at that time before House Democratic leaders persuaded him to temporarily abandon the effort.

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

The top two Democrats in the House - Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland - said Green's effort was premature.

All in all, it was a politically inept decision on Green's part.

"Legitimate questions have been raised about his fitness to lead this nation", Pelosi and Hoyer continued. The vote was not on the articles of impeachment themselves but on tabling the proposal.

Many Democrats joined the Republican majority in voting, 364-58, to table the resolution from Mr. The leaders said Congressional inquiries and Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation should be allowed to continue.

"He has harmed the society of the United States; brought shame and dishonor to the office of president of the United States; sowing discord among the people of the United States by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism or neo-Nazism", Green said.

Green's resolution is expected to fail, given widespread opposition among Republicans and most Democrats.

Green tried to force a vote on the issue Wednesday.

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment", they wrote in a statement.

Despite the concerns from fellow Democrats, Green said he is pushing impeachment now as a matter of conscience. Only 58 Democrats supported the proposal while the others believed that it was a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress.