Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas stood before the House floor on Oct. 11 to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Green called for a swift House vote on the matter but the resolution was not considered, making the articles of impeachment only symbolic (video below).
Green argued that the president's conduct merited removal from office under the 25th Amendment.
"I rise today on behalf of the many who have concluded that enough is enough," Green said, according to the Washington Examiner. "I rise today to speak on behalf of the many persons who believe that Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America has meaning and that it is something that is appropriate for a time such as this."
The Texas lawmaker asserted that Trump had incited bigotry by criticizing NFL players' protests against police brutality, barring transgender Americans from serving in the military, and not providing adequate disaster response for storm-ravaged U.S. territory Puerto Rico.
"Resolved that Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity and brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the American people and is unfit to be president," Green continued. "He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office."
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. The Texas Democrat was not present when the GOP presiding officer brought the resolution up for consideration, meaning that the House will not have to vote on impeachment for the foreseeable future, The Hill reports.
Green had planned to introduce the articles of impeachment on Oct. 2, but postponed after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas.
"There is a right time for all things," Green said after the mass shooting, according to Newsweek. "This is a time for our nation to mourn and for hearts to heal ... Mr. Speaker, I announce that impeachment is postponed."
Green is the second House Democrat to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump. On July 12, Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California introduced the measure on the House floor, asserting that Trump committed an obstruction of justice by firing former FBI director James Comey, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Green began calling for Trump's impeachment as early as May 17. The Texas lawmaker, who is black, has received racially charged death threats for his support of removing Trump from office, The Texas Tribune reports.
While the GOP-majority House was unlikely to vote in favor of impeaching Trump, Democratic lawmakers have also been reluctant to call for the president's removal. Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York disclosed that he would not support a motion to impeach Trump unless there was concrete evidence that he had committed an impeachable offense.
"I don't want to vote on impeachment," Nadler said. "I think it's too early. We don't have the evidence; we don't have the case ... You don't want to discredit it by voting for impeachment resolutions before you have the facts."