Rep. Al Green says he'll force vote to impeach President Trump

Rep. Al Green says he'll force vote to impeach President Trump

A Democratic congressman said on Tuesday that he meant to force the House to vote on Donald Trump's impeachment.

In May, he delivered a speech on the House floor suggesting Trump be impeached for firing FBI Director James Comey, which Green said amounted to obstruction of justice. In October, he unveiled his articles of impeachment, which state that Trump is "fueling an alt-right hate machine" that's "causing immediate injury to American society".

Steyer's television ad campaign, which features him talking directly to the camera about Trump as a threat to the country, is not supported by top Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and former Obama White House adviser David Axelrod. But it did detail Trump's "association" with white nationalism, neo-Nazism and his incitement of hatred and hostility as evidence that he is not fit to occupy the Oval Office.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., said Democratic lawmakers can not allow themselves to be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw". She has also said that impeachment must be rooted in facts rather than personal opinions about the President.

Green tried to force a vote on the issue Wednesday.

The resolution will surely fail, as not enough Democrats are on board and Republicans still control the House. But he later pledged to force a vote by Christmas. But even a motion to table could present difficulties for some of Green's colleagues as a symbolic vote on removing Trump from office. 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. The aide said members had raised concerns about forcing an impeachment vote during caucus meetings on multiple occasions.

Reps. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) and Jim Himes (D., Conn.) told the Wall Street Journal last month the impeachment discussions don't help Democrats in House races as they seek to win back the chamber in 2018. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our Republic. "May everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all".

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