Democratic congressman Al Green plans to force vote on Trump impeachment

  • Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, plans to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
  • The resolution will surely fail, as not enough Democrats are on board and Republicans still control the House.


Rep. Al Green of Texas, a Democrat, plans to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump in the House on Wednesday, after months of threats to take action.

Though Green's effort will most assuredly fail, he intends to force an up or down vote on the House floor through a privileged resolution.

BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday that Green sent a letter to colleagues outlining the impeachment charges against Trump. Green's resolution claims that Trump has been harmful to the US, citing various comments the president has made, such as referring to white nationalist protesters as "very fine people" and describing Rep. Frederica Wilson as "whacky" on multiple occasions.

In addition, Green considers certain executive actions by Trump to be "inciting hatred and hostility," such as his ban on transgender Americans serving in the US armed forces.

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Green has been threatening impeachment for months, regularly taking to the House floor to say that Trump is unfit to serve. And Green's reasons for impeachment regularly change.

In May, he delivered a speech on the House floor suggesting Trump be impeached for firing FBI Director James Comey, which Green said amounted to obstruction of justice. In October, he offered a resolution to impeach the president and quickly withdrew it without a vote.

But Green's plan will go nowhere. No Republicans have said that Trump ought to be removed from office and many Democrats, particularly those in the party's leadership, have said talk of impeachment is premature.

"It's not someplace that I think we should go," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union" last month. "I believe that whatever we do, we have a responsibility to first and foremost to unify the nation."

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