Democrat Al Green Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against Trump
Houston congressman Al Green (D-TX) Wednesday introduced formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an effort to force the House of Representatives to vote to remove the president from office.
Arguing that the House needs to vote to impeach Trump, Rep. Al Green said the president’s recent tweets and comments about national controversies have incited hatred and bigotry against various minority groups including African-Americans playing in the National Football League (NFL), transgender individuals serving in the military and Puerto Ricans recovering from a natural disaster.
Speaking on the House floor for nearly an hour, Mr. green cited Trump’s response to white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also called Trump out for saying he won the popular vote during the 2016 presidential election. Democrat Party nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in that election while Trump won the electoral college, and the presidency.
“[Trump] has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute onto the presidency, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America and as a result is unfit to be president,” Green said. “He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office.”
‘Trump “is fueling an alt-right hate machine” that’s “causing immediate injury to American society.”‘
Green introduced his article as “privileged,” meaning he wants the articles to be considered on the House floor within two legislative days. 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’s articles state that Trump “is fueling an alt-right hate machine” that’s “causing immediate injury to American society.”
There is little enthusiasm for Green’s article of impeachment among Democrats in the House. A senior House Democratic member confirmed to The Liberal Advocate News Wednesday that they are working to shut down any talks of impeachment, at least until special counsel Robert Mueller III releases his report on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections and the role played by Trump campaign.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) do not appear ready to discuss impeachment as well, according to our House sources.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats have avoided making impeachment a major issue in the 2018 midterms. Such a move could alienate moderate voters viewed as crucial to Democrats’ hope of taking back power in 2019.
Green is the second Democrat to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump. U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California in July introduced an article of impeachment as well. Only a handful of Democrats have called for Trump’s impeachment including Rep. Maxine Waters of California.
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