According to breaking new reports, Democrat Rep. Al Green has announced that he will seek to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday night.
Green has vowed to introduce such articles in the past, and claimed the president’s recent remarks about far-left Congresswomen needing to return to their countries was the catalyst for his decision.
Congressman Green said that a House resolution to condemn Trump’s remarks was not enough, “To condemn a racist president is not enough, we must impeach him. This will be a defining vote. The world is watching, and history will judge us all.”
Speaking from the House floor on Tuesday Green said Trump “has, by his statements, brought to the high office of President of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute, and has sown discord among the people of the United States.”
From The Hill:
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said that he plans to introduce his articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday night, and will force a House floor vote on them in the coming days.
Green said in a statement that he will read his articles of impeachment “before the close of the business today.”
A spokeswoman for Green said that he has informed Democratic leaders of his plans.
The House is scheduled to vote later Tuesday on a resolution to formally condemn
Trump for tweets suggesting that four non-white, progressive freshman congresswomen—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.)—”go back” to their countries. Only Omar, a Somali refugee who has since become an American citizen, was born outside the U.S.
Green said that the comments pushed him to force a vote on impeachment, which will be the first since Democrats took over the House majority in January. Green previously forced two procedural votes on his articles of impeachment in December 2017 and January 2018 while Republicans controlled the House. Both efforts drew the support of about 60 Democrats.
Green argued that the House shouldn’t just stop at condemning Trump’s remarks targeting the freshman congresswomen.
“To condemn a racist president is not enough, we must impeach him. This will be a defining vote. The world is watching, and history will judge us all,” Green said.
In a House floor speech earlier Tuesday, Green said that his latest impeachment measure would be similar to his previous articles of impeachment that accused Trump of inflaming racial tensions in America.
Green offered a preview of his latest impeachment measure, saying that it asserts that Trump “has by his statements brought to the high office of president of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute, and has sown discord among the people of the United States.”
Earlier Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that Democratic leaders hadn’t yet established a strategy for the vote Green is threatening. But Hoyer suggested that he wouldn’t try prevent Green from forcing the vote.
“I think he feels strongly about it, and if he deems it appropriate to offer it, he’ll offer it,” Hoyer said. “I’m not going to try to discourage him. He has to do what he thinks is right.”
But Hoyer reiterated that Democratic leaders think pushing for impeachment at this point is premature, noting that special counsel Robert Mueller is testifying before Congress next week about his report’s findings on whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russian election interference investigation.
“I think we need to hear from [Mueller] and analyze what he had to say,” Hoyer said. “I think there’s a lot of information to come, and we’ll see — as the Speaker has said — where it leads us.”