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Al Green Files Impeachment Articles Against President Trump

11 October 2017

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.

"He has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute onto the presidency, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America and as a result is unfit to be president", Green said, before a final flourish. "I rise today on behalf of the many who have concluded that enough is enough". 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. "This is a time for our nation to mourn and for hearts to heal".

Under the Constitution, if the House votes to impeach the president, the Senate may remove the president from office with a two-thirds majority vote.

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However he was not present to vote on the impeachment articles.

Green is the second House Democrat to introduce articles of impeachment.

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. On July 12, Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California introduced the measure on the House floor, asserting that Trump committed an obstruction of justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Green's resolution covers four articles of impeachment. The Texas lawmaker, who is black, received racially-charged death threats for his stance that the president should be removed from office, The Texas Tribune reports.

"Before I left the floor, there was an understanding with the parliamentarian and other persons who were there that it would not be voted on immediately", he said. Many Democrats, including the party's leadership, feel it's far too early for that and worry a premature vote would be a lose-lose proposition. 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. We don't have the evidence; we don't have the case. "Members don't want this vote".

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Al Green Files Impeachment Articles Against President Trump