Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump impeachment vote to be forced by Democratic congressman Al Green

Donald Trump impeachment vote to be forced by Democratic congressman Al Green

"I will tell them that impeachment is not about Democrats, that it's not about Republicans".

The way the forced vote would happen is lawmakers in the House can offer "privileged" motions on impeachment, which means they can force the House floor to consider the subject.

Representative Al Green of Texas intends to bring articles of impeachment against Trump following discussions with party members.

A Democratic congressman said on Tuesday that he meant to force the House to vote on Donald Trump's impeachment.

The move, however, is not supported by Democratic leaders, who have pushed aside the idea of impeaching the President. "It causes unparalleled destruction to our society in the long- and short-term that will not easily heal".

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Green has discussed his intention to impeach Trump since last spring. Green's resolution claims that Trump has been harmful to the U.S., 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 congressman specifically referenced: Trump's comments after the deadly violence in Charlottesville, when Trump drew an equivalence between neo-Nazi demonstrators and liberal protesters; his decision last week to share three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy leader of a British far-right group; and a list of statements he has made denigrating groups and individuals, including National Football League players and the congresswoman Frederica Wilson.

There will be no vote directly on the resolution, so the vote to table is effectively the vote on impeachment - some Democrats are expected to ignore leadership and oppose tabling but it's unclear how many will do so.

Democratic leaders have previously warned party members against enacting articles of impeachment against Trump, arguing that such a move would be premature given the ongoing investigations into the former NY businessman's election campaign and administration. She has also said that impeachment must be rooted in facts rather than personal opinions about the President. But he later pledged to force a vote by Christmas. Both remained in office after the Senate voted to impeach failed. "May everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all".

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