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Rep. Al Green to Force Trump Impeachment Vote on Wednesday

06 December 2017

In May, Green called for the impeachment of Trump, making him the first member of Congress at the time to officially request leveling charges against the President from the House floor.

"In doing this, hatred disguised as acceptable political correctness has festered in our body politic and polluted our discourse to our detriment", Green said.

Trump's rhetoric, while not criminal, still "divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice can not", Green wrote in his letter.

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Green argued that Trump should be impeached for his rhetoric against certain racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including Latinos, Muslims and African-Americans.

The articles specifically accuse Trump of "associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism, or Neo-Nazism".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has insisted that any impeachment effort should be put on hold until there is evidence of an impeachable offense.

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It remains highly unlikely that the majority of House representatives will vote to impeach Trump, as it would be necessary for the motion to be passed onto the Senate for a two-thirds vote. But that would still force Democrats to take a potentially troublesome position on a symbolic vote. GOP leadership, Politico reported, plans to respond by moving to table the motion. But if they vote against tabling the motion, they could be forced to explain to moderate and independent voters why they acted to impeach Trump before the investigations had concluded. That's because Republicans narrowly control the House and Democrats are divided on the issue. The aide said members had raised concerns about forcing an impeachment vote during caucus meetings on multiple occasions.

Those comments, Green said cast "contempt on professional football players who engaged in constitutionally protected protests pertaining to allegations of police misconduct with regard to racial minorities, as well as casting contempt on the professional players' mothers by calling them mothers "bitches". It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our republic", Green said.

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Rep. Al Green to Force Trump Impeachment Vote on Wednesday