Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Houston's Al Green files impeachment articles against Trump

Houston's Al Green files impeachment articles against Trump

In a letter to Democratic congressional offices and the party's House and Senate campaign committees obtained by the New York Times, Steyer demanded that Democratic candidates in 2018 support impeaching President Trump.

Arguing that the House needs to vote to impeach Trump, Rep. Al Green said the president's recent tweets and comments about national controversies have incited hatred and bigotry against various minority groups including African-Americans playing in the National Football League (NFL), transgender individuals serving in the military and Puerto Ricans recovering from a natural disaster.

"Today, I rise to use the constitutionally prescribed political process of impeachment to speak truth to the most powerful man on earth, the president of the United States of America", Green said in a speech on the House floor.

If he had followed through, Green would have forced every Democrat in the House to put themselves on the record on impeachment.

Al Green, who represents Texas's ninth congressional district, took to the floor of the House to say Mr Trump's actions were sufficient to invoke the 25th Amendment of the United States constitution.

Another still condemns Trump for saying "three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election".

Green began calling for Trump's impeachment as early as May 17.

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And Bill Clinton survived a Senate vote after the House impeached him in 1998 for lying to a federal grand jury about his extramarital affair with a White House intern.

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

The impeachment of Mr Trump would require a majority vote in the House and a two-thirds majority in the Senate - both of which are now controlled by Republicans.

Green's move is highly unlikely to get legs in the Republican-controlled chamber, where the resolution is expected to be permanently tabled.

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. "You don't want to discredit it by voting for impeachment resolutions before you have the facts". When the GOP presiding officer moved to consider the resolution less than hour later, Green wasn't there. "He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office".

Green, who first announced his intention to pursue impeachment last month, said he had not been asked to stand down before he came to the floor Wednesday.

"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.

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