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Try, Try Again: Democrats to Bring Impeachment Articles Against Trump Wednesday

Try, Try Again: Democrats to Bring Impeachment Articles Against Trump Wednesday

The Democratic leaders have long believed that any effort to take up Trump's impeachment is premature as long as investigations by multiple congressional committees, as well as by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, are underway.

Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) speaks to media in Houston on May 15, 2017, about his call for the impeachment of President Trump.

Green said he plans to go to the House floor around noon to start action on his impeachment measure.

Rep. Al Green (R-Tex.) came to the House floor at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday to offer articles of impeachment under special House rules requiring a floor vote; he returned to the floor at 1:34 to force that vote. Green would need a simple majority of members to support it and no Republican has suggested that Congress should remove Trump from office.

At least a handful of fellow Democrats may vote for Green's resolution.

"I will meet with them in my office and here's what I will say: I will tell them that impeachment is not about Democrats", Green said during a speech before the US House of Representatives.

The House has overwhelmingly voted to kill a resolution from a Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Donald Trump.

As examples, Green's articles of impeachment cite Trump's equivocating response to the violence from a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., in August, as well as his attacks on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

Green's articles of impeachment do not allege Trump has specifically committed a crime.

Several Democratic lawmakers argued that it's premature to act before special counsel Robert Mueller's team completes its Russian Federation investigation. Instead, he argues that Trump has "brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule and disgrace on the presidency" and "sown discord among the people of the United States".

In October, Green filed articles of impeachment, but they did not get put to a vote.

Representative Dan Kildee said Democratic lawmakers can not allow themselves to be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw".


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