A vote in favor of impeachment could make Democrats look like they're overreaching and reflexively obstructionist, while a vote against could inflame the restive left flank of the party. Neither was removed from office via a conviction in the U.S. Senate.
In this Monday, May 15, 2017 photo, Congressman Al Green speaks to media during a press conference in which he called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump at the Houston Congressional District Office in Houston.
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.
Green, who said he was not aware of Steyer's letter, declined to say if he had received any pressure from his party's leadership to back down from the measure after his speech on the House floor, but said he had not been dissuaded ahead of time. In so doing, Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has fueled and is fueling an alt-right hate machine and its worldwide covert sympathizers engendering racial antipathy, LGBTQ enmity, religious anxiety, stealthy sexism, and terrible xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society.
"The public has been led to believe that a president must commit a crime to be impeached, which is not true", Green said.
With Republicans in full control of Congress, there is no prospect in the near term that the president might be impeached.
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I'd be more alarmed at the appearance of such a self-centered app if we weren't already living in the year 2017. Or, as the special TSwizzle smileys and such will be called, "Taymojis". "It would be. preferable if you did".
Green did not rule out forcing a future vote on his resolution: "I will not indicate when, but I will indicate that it will be brought up".
Green is the second House Democrat to introduce articles of impeachment.
Green introduced his article as "privileged", meaning he wants the articles to be considered on the House floor within two legislative days. They planned to move to table it, which would kill it outright. But when the House moved to consider the resolution about an hour later, Green did not show up and it was shelved as a result.
'I want my colleagues to have a chance to review it and I want the American people to get some sense of what's going on, ' Green told reporters.
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. Some in the party think it would be an overreach to go for the political jugular, and might alienate voters in the process, putting the Dems even deeper in the hole in the upcoming midterm elections.