Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Democrat stops just short of forcing House vote on Trump's impeachment

Democrat stops just short of forcing House vote on Trump's impeachment

Another alleges Trump brought "shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism and neo-Nazism".

"The public has been led to believe that a president must commit a crime to be impeached, which is not true", Green said.

The Times called the Democrats' prospects of winning both the House and Senate next year "unlikely".

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, accusing him of repeatedly demonstrating a lack of fitness for office by engaging in race bating.

The longtime Democratic U.S. representative from Houston has been quick to voice his disapproval and join others in criticizing and calling for the president's impeachment in the months - yeah, it has only been months - since Trump was sworn into office in January.

Green cited Trump's equivocation on the violence in Charlottesville and his comments about football players kneeling during the National Anthem during N.F.L. games in protest of racial discrimination in America, among other actions, as examples of Trump undermining the integrity of the Oval Office. But Green's was a "privileged resolution", which requires the House to vote on the measure within two days.

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Green had planned to introduce the articles of impeachment on October 2, but postponed after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas.

"In so doing", Green continued, Trump "has fueled and is fueling an alt-right hate machine and his worldwide covert sympathizers, engendering racial antipathy, LGTBQ enmity, religious anxiety, stealthy sexism and terrible xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society". The Constitution says that for removal, officials must be convicted by the Senate of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors".

Al Green says he'll do it again and intends to eventually force a vote.

Green can revive his effort and said in an interview that he plans to bring it back for a vote, but would not say when.

But Democratic leaders have mainly focused on attacking Mr. Trump's policy agenda; they have urged rank-and-file liberal activists to hold off on talk of impeachment while the gravest investigations into Mr. Trump's conduct run their course. Thus the resolution was not offered and will not be subject to a definite vote on the House floor.

"It would be a disservice to the American people for it to be voted on immediately", he said. Some in the party think it would be an overreach to go for the political jugular, and might alienate voters in the process, putting the Dems even deeper in the hole in the upcoming midterm elections.

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