Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Texas Rep. reveals, then shelves, articles of impeachment for President Trump

Pledge to Impeach Trump, a Key Donor Demands of Democrats US Rep. Al Green, Houston Democrat, unveils articles of impeachment against Trump
Juana Turner | 12 October, 2017, 00:41

He argued that Trump's "relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation", allegations that Trump is seeking to "promote his own business interests" as president, and his "seeming determination to go to war" as grounds for impeachment.

In his argument for impeaching the president, Green read out several of Trump's tweets, arguing that his statements on several recent national controversies had "incited bigotry" against various minority groups, including African-Americans playing in the National Football League, transgender individuals serving in the military and Puerto Ricans recovering from a natural disaster.

This time Green contended that Trump should not have to be convicted of a crime to be impeached and forced from office.

Representative Al Green (D-Texas) says Pres. Trump has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity and has brought disrepute on the Presidency with immunity.

A vote in favor of impeachment could make Democrats look like they're overreaching and reflexively obstructionist, while a vote against could inflame the party's restive left flank.

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.

"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".

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 awful things".

Any impeachment attempt is a nonstarter in the Republican-controlled Congress.

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

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

Green introduced the articles of impeachment as a privileged motion, which normally would have compelled the House to vote on the resolution within two legislative days.

After Green called for the president's impeachment in May (in a speech that led to him receiving racist voicemail messages saying Green should be lynched) California Democratic Representative Brad Sherman introduced articles of impeachment in July, although the articles never gained any traction in the House. "Members don't want this vote". But when, less than an hour later, the House's presiding officer called the resolution up for action, Green did not appear on the floor to offer it. Green has vowed to force a recorded up-or-down vote in his motion, even if Republicans seek to table it. But aside from that minor detail, the other, most likely the reason is a simple one: Democrats are not ready to impeach Trump at this point, something Green is well aware of. "He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office".

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