House Democrat introduces Articles of Impeachment against Pres

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Green said such statements have brought disrepute on the presidency and undermined the integrity of the office.

According to multiple House Democratic aides, party leaders had prevailed upon Green not to offer the resolution and thus force his colleagues to cast a potentially troublesome vote.

That section declares that a US president 'shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors'.

Rep. Al Green is once again chasing the dream of impeaching President Donald Trump.

Green told The Washington Post in an interview last month that he was compelled to pursue articles of impeachment after seeing Trump denigrate pro football players who have engaged in silent protests during the playing of the national anthem before games. 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.

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To accomplish this, Green introduced the articles of impeachment as "privileged" which meant the House would be forced to consider the articles on the House floor within two legislative days.

"There is a right time for all things", Green said after the mass shooting, according to Newsweek. "Mr. Speaker, I announce that impeachment is postponed". During his long-shot impeachment pitch, Green also criticized the president's failure to condemn an August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called Trump out for claiming to have won the popular vote in November's presidential election. He told Vox he wanted to give members of Congress and the public "an opportunity to read them" before a vote. 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.

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. Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY disclosed that he would not support a motion to impeach Trump unless there was concrete evidence that he had committed an impeachable offense.

Indeed, Republicans were eager to hold a vote on the bill. "But these comments about free speech, which is something I cherish, they have caused me to conclude that now is the time to let the world know that there is at least one person in the Congress who believes that the president has gone too far". "You don't want to discredit it by voting for impeachment resolutions before you have the facts".

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