House Democrat unveils articles of impeachment against Trump

Frederick Owens
October 12, 2017

The black Texas congressman said Saturday, May 20, that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Trump.

Green's introduction of such articles are not the first to be introduced against President Trump.

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

In what marked an escalation of the Democratic Party's opposition to Donald Trump, Congressman Al Green introduced a resolution to impeach the president on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday.

Congress can only remove the president with a vote by two-thirds of the Senate. He also accused Trump of "perfidy" in making the unsubstantiated claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.

President Donald Trump waves as he walks to board Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Harrisburg, Pa.

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

Green is the second Democrat to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump.

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"In so doing", Green continued, Trump "has fueled and is fueling an alt-right hate machine and his worldwide covert sympathizers, engendering racial antipathy, LGTBQ enmity, religious anxiety, stealthy sexism and awful xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society".

Green's resolution covers four articles of impeachment.

The move by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, edged his party toward a confrontation craved by some of its most liberal supporters but opposed by many others - including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - who consider it ill-advised and premature.

Since "high crimes and misdemeanors" was a legal term of art used in 18th-century British impeachments, some legal scholars have argued that mere dereliction of duty is a sufficient standard. Green has vowed to force a recorded up-or-down vote in his motion, even if Republicans seek to table it. Thus the resolution was not offered and will not be subject to a definite vote on the House floor.

Green cited Trump's statements and actions related to Muslims, Puerto Rican hurricane victims, transgender Americans, NFL football players and others.

"Any discussions I may have had are private, and I will not discuss them", Green told reporters Wednesday, adding that he felt "not one scintilla" of pressure from party leaders.

"Many members are telling him that this is a fruitless effort and will end in a complicated vote that can not be easily explained", a senior Democratic aide said.

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