Al Green Pledges Another Attempt To Impeach Trump

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Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas continues to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. 

In a Dec. 12 speech, he vowed that the recent failed vote to impeach the president won't be the last, The Hill reports.

On Dec. 6, most House Democrats joined Republicans to defeat a measure to impeach Donald Trump, with 364 opposed and 58 in favor, Politico observed. 

The vote was forced by Green, who introduced articles of impeachment. 

Green declared that "Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office." He also alleged that the president has "brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule and disgrace on the presidency" and "sown discord among the people of the United States."

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Green's impeachment articles also cite Donald Trump's controversial response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, his criticisms of NFL players, his response to hurricane disasters, disparate treatment of hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, and his comments about Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida.

Wilson had criticized Donald Trump's highly-publicized condolence call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was one of four soldiers killed in Niger in October. Wilson, a close friend of Johnson's family, overheard the call when it was made.

When Green introduced the articles of impeachment, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer publicly disagreed. "Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment," they responded in a joint statement.

But despite the overwhelming defeat of his impeachment attempt, Green put a positive spin on it.

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"The resolution received fifty-seven more votes than many expected," he said in a statement quoted by The Hill.

Indeed, many high-ranking Democrats unexpectedly showed their support for impeaching Donald Trump.

They included Louise Slaughter, the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee; Frank Pallone Jr., who leads Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Robert Brady, who serves as ranking member of the House Administration Committee; and Michael Capuano, who had previously warned against forcing Democrats to go on the record about impeachment.

In a Facebook post, Capuano wrote: "Practically and politically, I think most of us can agree that passing articles of impeachment in this House isn't realistic at this moment in our history. But sometimes, it's more important to follow your heart than do the practical or political calculation."

Sources: The Hill (2), Politico / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: U.S. Congress via Wikimedia Commons, Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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