Rep. Al GreenAl GreenDem postpones unveiling impeachment measure after Vegas shooting Dem lawmaker: Black Americans shouldn't go to White House until Trump apologizes for National Football League attacks Let Trump say what he wants - the president has a right to free speech MORE (D-Texas) on Wednesday unveiled articles of impeachment against President Trump, arguing that he has demonstrated a lack of fitness for the office by engaging in "race baiting".
Green said to reporters afterward that he had wanted to allow more time for his colleagues to review the resolution before it was voted on, and he suggested that the House floor staff had misled him about the timing of that vote. Given that the House, like the Senate, is Republican-controlled, the articles were always likely to be tabled, but then, in a self-defeating move, Green failed to show up when the presiding officer began the process of consideration.
As we've noted before, impeachment requires a majority vote and with the Republicans in control of both the House and Senate it will take a lot more than everything that has happened so far to get the House interested in impeaching Trump.
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A Democratic congressman stopped just short of forcing a House vote on President Donald Trump's impeachment Wednesday, pulling back under apparent pressure from his own party.
Green initially said he planned to file the resolution last week, but he postponed it after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
"I want my colleagues do what their consciences dictates, as will I, and we'll let history judge us all", Green said.
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Green's resolution covers four articles of impeachment. The Constitution specifies that a president can be impeached for "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors", though in practice there are widely divergent views on what represents an impeachable offense.
Green's push is not supported by many senior Democrats, even as they rail against the president. This time around Green had vowed to force a vote that would become the first formal referendum in Congress on impeaching the president.
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, told The Hill in response to Green's threat: "We're not there yet", despite Trump having done "really bad things".
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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 awful xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society". Green's articles of impeachment argue that Trump "is fueling an alt-right hate machine" which is "causing immediate injury to American society".