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Maine's congressional delegation is split on the decision by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to  launch a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

The U.S. House of Representatives tabled a resolution to impeach President Trump on Wednesday.

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Maine Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says she wants Congress to continue inquiries into President Donald Trump and to "move toward an impeachment inquiry."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says an attempt to launch an impeachment investigation amounted to "nonsense'' and "foolishness.''

The Republican issued the statement after critics failed to muster enough support to require a vote on an independent investigation that could have led to impeachment over his alleged abuse of power.

LePage was in his office Thursday afternoon after the vote. His spokeswoman said it was "business as usual.''

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House has begun a sometimes contentious debate this morning on whether to investigate Gov. Paul LePage, a move that could lead to the impeachment of the Republican chief executive.

A group led by Democratic Rep. Ben Chipman, of Portland, wants to punish the outspoken governor for eight counts of alleged abuse of power.

AUGUSTA, Maine — After weeks of mounting tensions between the Democrats and Republican Gov. Paul LePage, some observers fully expected a showdown at the opening of the session, in the form of some type of censure for LePage.

AUGUSTA, Maine — House Democrats are delaying an effort to punish Maine Gov. Paul LePage for alleged abuse of power, delaying a showdown and starting the session on a conciliatory tone.

House Speaker Mark Eves said fellow Democrats agreed to focus Wednesday on priorities like addressing the drug crisis and creating jobs. Lawmakers who want to rebuke LePage for pressuring Good Will-Hinckley to rescind a job offer to Eves will have to wait. Eves said to "stay tuned."

AUGUSTA, Maine — An impeachment order against Gov. Paul LePage could hit the floor of the House this week when a small group of Democrats and independents call for a special panel to investigate several alleged abuses.