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House Democrat introduces Articles of Impeachment against Pres

House Democrat introduces Articles of Impeachment against Pres

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, accusing him of repeatedly demonstrating a lack of fitness for office by engaging in race bating.

On Oct. 11, Green unveiled articles of impeachment against Trump, asserting that the president's conduct merited removal from office under the 25th Amendment.

Past efforts to get Trump on the road to impeachment have involved citing the president's actions, including his firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May and the continuing-to-evolve revelations about the Trump presidential campaign's possible ties to Russians seeking to sway the USA presidential election, but this time around Green simply stood on the House floor and read Trump's tweets.

He said Mr Trump's response to neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, his attack on National Football League players who had knelt in protest and his debunked claim that Barack Obama had wire-tapped him, had all undermined the integrity of the Oval Office and "brought disrepute on the presidency". Another alleges Trump brought "shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism and neo-Nazism".

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.

If he had followed through, Green would have forced every Democrat in the House to put themselves on the record one way or another on impeachment. U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California was the first to do so in July.

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.

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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. 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.

He would not say when he plans bring the resolution back to the House floor, but promised he would.

The Times called the Democrats' prospects of winning both the House and Senate next year "unlikely".

While Trump is intensely unpopular among Democrats in and out of Congress, party leaders have considered an impeachment effort unrealistic and politically damaging unless an investigation into his actions produces solid evidence of an impeachable crime.

About 7 in 10 Democrats said Mr. Trump deserved impeachment, while 40 percent of Americans in general took the same view.

"Impeachment is postponed", Green said last week. "You don't want to discredit it by voting for impeachment resolutions before you have the facts".