Congressman Promises Impeachment Vote Before Christmas

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Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas says he will force a vote on the House floor to impeach President Trump before Christmas.

"I now announce that before Christmas, there will be a vote on the chief inciter of racism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, sexism, ethnocentrism. There will be a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the impeachment of the president," Green said in a House floor speech on Nov. 8, The Hill reports. 

There are no Republicans who currently favor impeachment, and most Democrats are also opposed, preferring to wait for the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

"I have been told that there are political consequences for what I will do, I accept the consequences," Green said.

"Whatever others will do is their choice. My conscience dictates that I will vote to impeach. Let others do what they may. History will judge us all," he added.

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"I pray that this country will continue to reject what the inciter-in-chief, Donald J. Trump, has been causing this country to have to endure," Green said.

Unlike the articles of impeachment previously filed by Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California, accusing Trump of obstructing justice by firing former FBI director James Comey, Green's articles of impeachment do not accuse Trump of committing a crime.

Instead, Green's articles accuse Trump of having "undermined the integrity of his office," bringing "disrepute on the presidency," and "fueling an alt-right hate machine."  

He also said Trump has incited "white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race-baiting and racism."

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Evidence cited includes Trump's controversial response to the violence during an August white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, his call for NFL players to be fired for protesting police brutality, and his accusation that former President Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower.

Green argued that criminal behavior is not necessary for impeachment, citing Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, which says that a U.S. president "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors."

Green previously offered his articles of impeachment on Oct. 11, but withdrew it before any action could be taken, Daily Mail reported.

"I want my colleagues to have a chance to review it and I want the American people to get some sense of what's going on," he told reporters at the time.

An aide to a senior House Republican dismissed Green's action as a public relations stunt: "It's just an attention-seeking opportunist looking to hurt the president."

The House of Representatives has impeached only two American presidents: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. In both cases, the articles of impeachment did not win the two-thirds of the Senate vote necessary to convict the president and remove him from office, Daily Mail notes.

Sources: The Hill,Daily Mail / Featured Image: U.S. Congress/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Lawrence Jackson/Wikimedia Commons,        Pixabay

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