U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, brought a resolution to the floor of the U.S. House to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a move that brought pushback not only from Republicans but from top Democrats as well.
Green’s articles of impeachment accuse Trump of committing “high misdemeanors” while in office and assert he is “unfit to be President.” Yet his resolution does not touch on Russia or that country’s potential interference in the 2016 elections, the issue that some Democrats have argued could warrant an impeachment vote in the future following the conclusion of an ongoing investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Standing in front of a nearly empty chamber, Green said addressing the House on his impeachment resolution was one of the “greatest moments” of his life. He proceeded to thank his staff for their help drafting the resolution before reading all eight pages of it aloud.
His resolution cites events in Trump’s presidency that Green argues “harmed the society of the United States” and sowed “discord among the people of the United States.”
Among the incidents included in Green’s resolution are Trump defending white supremacists protesting in Charlottesville, Virginia, his recent retweeting of anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British account and Trump’s criticism of NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem as a protest of police violence. The resolution also mentions Trump’s executive order aimed at creating “a partial shutdown of immigration from mainly Muslim countries” and Trump’s treatment of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Under House rules, the chamber must vote on Green’s measure in the next two days. However, a vote to table the resolution is expected this afternoon, which would effectively kill it. Most House Republicans and many Democrats are expected to back the motion to table Green’s resolution.
In an unusual joint statement from the House’s top two Democratic leaders, they announced they will support the vote to table Green’s resolution.
Following Green’s speech, the House’s top two Democrats – U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer – released an unusual joint statement announcing their support to table Green’s resolution.
“This President has made statements and taken actions that are beyond the pale for most Americans, embracing those who espouse hatred and division while promoting policies that would harm our economy and undermine our national security,” the statement said. “Legitimate questions have been raised about his fitness to lead this nation. Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President’s actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel’s investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue. Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment.”
In recent months, Green has threatened to bring articles of impeachment against Trump before the House multiple times, including as recently as October.