Rep. Al Green reads articles of impeachment against Trump on House floor

12 October, 2017, 01:05 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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U.S. Rep. Al Green, a Houston Democrat introduced formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on the House floor Wednesday during a session otherwise devoted to whistleblower protection legislation.

He said that Trump had incited "hatred, bigotry, and invidious discrimination" against the American people, including "high crimes and misdemeanors", had "undermined the integrity of his office with impunity" and "brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity and betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the American people".

Green is the second Democrat to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump.

The Republican-led House will reportedly vote to table the resolution today. He argued that Trump's "relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation", allegations that Trump is seeking to "promote his own business interests" as president, and his "seeming determination to go to war" as grounds for impeachment. But when the House moved to consider the resolution about an hour later, Green did not show up and it was shelved as a result.

Green introduced his article as "privileged", meaning he wants the articles to be considered on the House floor within two legislative days.

"Impeachment is postponed", Green said last week. "This is a time for our nation to mourn and for hearts to heal".

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Speaking on the floor of the House Wednesday morning, Green said Trump's rhetoric and actions have fueled "an alt-right hate machine" and harmed American society.

Wearing an American flag-themed tie, Green initially declared that his impeachment bid would use a special "privilege" procedure that he could have invoked to force a vote.

Green said he has not tried selling his proposal to others, saying, "I'm prepared to stand alone". The Texas lawmaker, who is black, received racially-charged death threats for his stance that the president should be removed from office, The Texas Tribune reports. "Where you going to get the majority of the votes?" Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY disclosed that he would not support a motion to impeach Trump unless there was concrete evidence that he had committed an impeachable offense.

Again, despite the recent clashes between Trump and the GOP, we're more likely to see Senate Republicans do the limbo on the steps of the Capitol Building than vote for impeachment. "But these comments about free speech, which is something I cherish, they have caused me to conclude that now is the time to let the world know that there is at least one person in the Congress who believes that the president has gone too far".

"What are the facts that you need to make a case on?"

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