House to Vote on Articles of Impeachment

"In his capacity as president of the United States, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof and of the harmony and courtesies necessary for stability within the society of the United States, Donald John Trump has, with his statements, done more than incite individuals and groups of Americans, more than insult individuals and groups of Americans".

Al Green, D-Texas, says he will force a vote on impeaching President Donald Trump as early as Wednesday, the Washington Examiner is reporting.

Democratic leaders are expected to oppose Green's resolution, but aides said they aren't whipping rank-and-file members on the measure.

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

Despite the concerns from fellow Democrats, Green said he is pushing impeachment now as a matter of conscience. The leaders said Congressional inquiries and Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between Trump's campaign and Russia should be allowed to continue.

In all, 126 Democrats joined Republicans in voting to table Green's effort in the GOP-led House.

That means the actual question of impeachment wouldn't get a vote, according to NPR.

"I will tell them that I refuse to sit on the sidelines while the world is considering one of the great issues of our time".

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

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. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our Republic.

It is vital, however, that we distinguish impeachable offenses from offensive behavior, divisive political instincts, ineptitude, and poor judgment.

Democratic Congressman Mike Capuano said taking steps to impeach a President were a gravely serious matter. "It's time to have an open, honest debate on President Trump and his fitness for office", Capuano said.

  • Leon Brazil