Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

House Democrat Unveils Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

House Democrat Unveils Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

A Democratic congressman stopped just short of forcing a House vote on President Donald Trump's impeachment Wednesday, pulling back under apparent pressure from his own party.

In this Monday, May 15, 2017 photo, Congressman Al Green speaks to media during a press conference in which he called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump at the Houston Congressional District Office in Houston.

"Trump, president of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity and has brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity; has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the American people and is unfit to be president and is impeached pursuant to Article II, Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America", the Texas lawmaker said on the floor.

Though plenty of celebrities have publicly critcized the president, here are some who have gone so far as to call for Trump's removal from office. The resolution was therefore not offered and is not getting an imminent vote.

A few of the actions which Green cited as he read his articles of impeachment on the House floor today, include Trump's accusation that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, Trump's lack of response to the Charlottesville, Va white supremacist march, and his repeated attacks on NFL players for utilizing their First Amendment right to free speech by protesting during the national anthem. U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California was the first to do so in July.

The rapper compared Trump's sins to those of President Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998 though not removed from office.

Green began calling for Trump's impeachment as early as May 17. He is the second Democrat to file articles of impeachment against Trump.

Green's resolution is considered "privileged" by the House, meaning it has to be considered by the end of the week. GOP aides said they planned to move to table Green's resolution, killing it outright. He said he didn't appear on the House floor when it was time to consider the measure, effectively withdrawing it, because he wanted to give colleagues and voters a chance to consider it.

With Republicans in full control of Congress, there is no prospect in the near term that the president might be impeached.

About 7 in 10 Democrats said Mr. Trump deserved impeachment, while 40 percent of Americans in general took the same view.

But within an hour of introducing the impeachment articles, Green missed his shot. "You don't want to discredit it by voting for impeachment resolutions before you have the facts".

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