Rep. Al Green Prepares Articles of Impeachment Against Trump Over Reckless Tweeting


A House Democrat introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

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

Arguing that the House needs to vote to impeach Trump, Rep. Al Green said the president's recent tweets and comments about national controversies have incited hatred and bigotry against various minority groups including African-Americans playing in the National Football League (NFL), transgender individuals serving in the military and Puerto Ricans recovering from a natural disaster.

"I rise today to speak on behalf of the many persons who believe that Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United State of America has meaning and that it is something that is appropriate for a time such as this".

There is little enthusiasm for Green's article of impeachment among Democrats in the House.

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, told The Hill in response to Green's threat: "We're not there yet", despite Trump having done "really bad things".

A vote in favor of impeachment could make Democrats look like they're overreaching and reflexively obstructionist, while a vote against could inflame the party's restive left flank. Another alleges Trump brought "shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism and neo-Nazism". He also accused Trump of "perfidy" in making the unsubstantiated claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.

The impeachment of Mr Trump would require a majority vote in the House and a two-thirds majority in the Senate - both of which are now controlled by Republicans.

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.

To accomplish this, Green introduced the articles of impeachment as "privileged" which meant the House would be forced to consider the articles on the House floor within two legislative days. This time around Green had vowed to force a vote that would become the first formal referendum in Congress on impeaching the president.

If Mr Green were to try and seek a vote on the issue, it could put many Democrats in a hard position. "He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office". About 7 in 10 Democrats said Mr. Trump deserved impeachment, while 40 percent of Americans in general took the same view.

"I don't want to vote on impeachment", Nadler said.