Lunes, 18 Diciembre, 2017

Rep. Al Green to Force Trump Impeachment Vote on Wednesday

Rep. Al Green a Texas Democrat will force the House to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this afternoon. Green announced the move yesterday on the House floor Rep. Al Green to Force Trump Impeachment Vote on Wednesday
Eleena Tovar | 07 Diciembre, 2017, 09:49

Voting prematurely forces Democrats facing re-election in tough districts to go on the record about their desire to impeach Trump, leaving them with a sort of Catch-22: If they vote to kill the resolution, they risk alienating the blue half of their voters; if they vote to proceed, they risk alienating the other half.

In response, Democratic leaders resisted Green's call to action, insisting that more urgent matters warranted attention, namely the tax bill and the Russia investigation.

"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", Green said as he introduced the articles of impeachment, according to report from CNN. "Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President's actions both before and after his inauguration".

Green decided not to force a vote at the time, but he pledged to do so before the year was out, which is soon.

Despite the concerns from fellow Democrats, Green said he is pushing impeachment now as a matter of conscience.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has advised Democrats to exercise caution and wait until sufficient evidence that Trump committed an impeachable offense turns up.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley also voted against the impeachment. "And I know that this is a bumpy road", Green said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" Wednesday morning.

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.

Last month, a group of six Democrats, including Green, unveiled articles of impeachment accusing Trump of obstructing justice when firing former FBI Director James Comey; violating the Constitution's emoluments clause; and undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and freedom of the press.

"I am one of many Americans that's disappointed in the direction President Trump has taken our country, and I have grave concerns about his leadership, his policies, and his judgement", he said. "It is premature", Schumer told The Daily Beast in November. Most top Democrats have dismissed talk of impeachment. "It's time to have an open, honest debate on President Trump and his fitness for office", Capuano said.