After many months advocating for impeachment, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) announced on the House floor Wednesday that he intends to introduce the articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump on Wednesday so they can be voted on. Most top Democrats have dismissed talk of impeachment.
He said that the founders wanted a way to be able to remove a President who was "causing harm to society", adding that impeachment "was designed for a time such as this and a President such as Trump".
Green is using what's called a privileged resolution to bring up his bill filing articles of impeachment, which allows him to force a vote in the House within two days without having to get agreement from House Speaker Paul Ryan first. Green's resolution claims that Trump has been harmful to the USA, citing various comments the president has made, such as referring to white nationalist protesters as "very fine people" and describing Rep. Frederica Wilson as "whacky" on multiple occasions.
The current resolution doesn't mention obstruction of justice but cites Trump's comments on race relations, transgender individuals and professional football players, who the president referred to as "sons of bitches" for not standing during the National Anthem. She has also said that impeachment must be rooted in facts rather than personal opinions about the President.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called the effort premature amid ongoing Russian Federation investigations into alleged ties between the Kremlin and Trump campaign advisers.
The House has to approve the articles of impeachment by a simple majority before they would move on to the Senate.
The resolution will surely fail, as not enough Democrats are on board and Republicans still control the House. Republicans are likely to vote to set aside the motion. But he later pledged to force a vote by Christmas. "May everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all".
In his letter to colleagues, Green wrote: "As I have said before, this is not about Democrats, it is about democracy". But if they vote against tabling the motion, they could be forced to explain to moderate and independent voters why they acted to impeach Trump before the investigations had concluded.