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US Rep. Al Green, Houston Democrat, unveils articles of impeachment against Trump

US Rep. Al Green, Houston Democrat, unveils articles of impeachment against Trump

"He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office".

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.

"Trump, President of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity", Green said.

Under the Constitution, if the House votes to impeach the president, the Senate may remove the president from office with a two-thirds majority vote. As Trump's presidency has worn on, many have called for his impeachment. 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.

During his long-shot impeachment pitch, Green also criticized the president's failure to condemn an August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called Trump out for claiming to have won the popular vote in November's presidential election.

With Republicans in full control of Congress, there is no prospect in the near term that the president might be impeached.

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

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Green introduced his article as "privileged", meaning he wants the articles to be considered on the House floor within two legislative days.

Last week, Rep. Green postponed introducing the articles of impeachment following the Las Vegas concert shooting. "Members don't want this vote".

If Mr Green were to try and seek a vote on the issue, it could put many Democrats in a hard position. But when the GOP presiding officer moved to begin the process to consider the resolution less than an hour later, Green did not show up.

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.

"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.

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 in the House, but said he had not been dissuaded ahead of time.

This second round of impeachment articles against the president may have sounded impressive, but once again it has already turned out to be a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing much of real importance.


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