Houston's Al Green files impeachment articles against Trump

Pauline Gross
October 12, 2017

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".

Among the grounds for Green's impeachment bid was Trump's response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.as well as his attacks on NFL players protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.

And Bill Clinton survived a Senate vote after the House impeached him in 1998 for lying to a federal grand jury about his extramarital affair with a White House intern.

A House Democrat introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

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. Since the House, like the Senate, is majority Republican, it's unlikely Green's resolution will get enough votes to pass.

Some party strategists are also concerned that putting impeachment on the ballot in 2018 could backfire, because so many Democratic senators are seeking re-election in states Mr. Trump won.

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"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".

Still, this is the second time articles of impeachment have been introduced.

Green initially said he planned to file the resolution last week, but he postponed it after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. In fact, back in July Congressman Steve Cohen from the 9th District in Tennessee as well as a Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, introduced articles of impeachment, and in August Congressman Brad Sherman introduced a single article of impeachment as well. This time around Green had vowed to force a vote that would become the first formal referendum in Congress on impeaching the president.

The move by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, edged his party toward a confrontation craved by some of its most liberal supporters but opposed by many others - including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - who consider it ill-advised and premature.

If Mr Green were to try and seek a vote on the issue, it could put many Democrats in a hard position.

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.

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