Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) revealed his articles of impeachment on Wednesday, but he stopped short of forcing a vote against Trump’s presidency. Green declared that his effort to impeach the president is not yet over.
The Texas Representative said on the House floor that it was his intention to offer impeachment articles as a privileged resolution. This allows any member to force a vote within two legislative days under the House rules. The Republican presiding officer moved to consider Green’s impeachment resolution, but Green did not show up, so the window for consideration passed for now.
Green could have then forced a procedural vote to challenge the GOP ruling and in effect, this would have been the first step in Congress for impeaching Trump. But he decided not to follow through. Green said that he wanted his colleagues and the public to be able to review articles of impeachment first.
“There will be a vote. But what I’ve done thus far would not call for a vote,” Green said in a phone interview. “This situation is very dynamic. Dr. King was right. The truest measure of the person is not where you stand in times of comfort and convenience when everybody’s with you … you may have to stand alone,” Green said. “I have accepted the fact that I may be standing alone and that I may receive criticism from contemporaries, but I also believe that I do what my conscience dictates.”
Green’s four articles of impeachment maintain that Trump has “undermined the integrity of his office with impunity” and “brought disrepute on the presidency.” They do not argue that Trump has committed any crime. Instead, the emphasis of the articles state that the president is “fueling an alt-right hate machine” that is “causing immediate injury to American society;” 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;” engaged in deceit by making the false claim that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election; and encouraged police brutality during a July speech to law enforcement.
Green started this process without informing the Democratic leadership in Congress in advance. Green wouldn’t specify when he might try to force a vote. On September 26, 2017, Rep. Green tweeted:
“I will not indicate when, but I will indicate that it will be brought up,” Green said. However, the Democratic establishment on Capitol Hill has made it clear that they are not interested in an impeachment process for Trump at this time.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said it’s premature to consider impeachment and that Democrats should wait for the Russian investigations to be finished.
Green is the second House Democrat to jump the gun with articles of impeachment. In July, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) introduced an article of impeachment alleging that Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing James Comey as FBI director.
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Credit: The Hill