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Al Green Tries To Impeach Trump A Third Time

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For the third time, Democratic Rep. Al Green Of Texas is planning on attempting to impeach President Donald Trump.

On Jan. 12, the congressman announced he will reintroduce new articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives after Trump insulted Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries using the word "s**thole," reports the Houston Chronicle.

"The articles will be presented next week and they'll be voted on next week," he said at the time.

"This is related to his statements about Africa, the ugly language that he used, his language as it relates to people in Haiti," he added. "These statements cannot be ignored. The Congress has within its power to impeach a president for the language that he uses that causes harm to our society."

Already some Democratic politicians support Green's position.

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"Donald Trump is an embarrassment and a national disgrace," Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California said on Jan. 12, The Hill reports. "Members of Congress have a responsibility to the American people and our democracy to impeach him."

This marks the third time Green has tried to impeach the president.

In December 2017, Green launched a second attempt, writing in a letter that Trump was a "bigot ... who incites hatred and hostility," which he said constitutes a "high misdemeanor."

He cited Trump's defense of white nationalist marchers in Charlottesville, among other actions Green deemed racist and which would support his resolution.

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Nevertheless, the congressman's second impeachment attempt failed after a 364-58 vote to "table" the resolution.

While Green managed to win some Democratic votes, not everybody in his party supported the idea of impeaching a sitting president because he's often thought of as offensive.

Some urged Green and other Democrats to wait until the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is revealed.

Both Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland voted with Republicans to table Green’s resolution.

In November 2017, Pelosi even called such attempts "a waste of time."

"Republicans would love for us to make our campaigns about the impeachment of Trump," she said, according to tweets from Cosmopolitan features editor Emma Barker. "That’s not what it’s about. It’s about the well-being of American families. He’s just not that important. Impeachment would further divide us, not bring us together."

Instead, Pelosi believes the way forward is to avoid such "distractions" -- Democrats, she says, should instead focus on retaking the House of Representatives in the 2018 elections, Politico reports.

"I believe that whatever we do, we have a responsibility to first and foremost to unify the nation," Pelosi said.

Sources: Houston Chronicle, Emma Barker/Twitter, The HillPolitico / Featured Image: U.S. Congress via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: White House via Wikimedia Commons, Ali Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia Commons

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