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Democrat Al Green Introduces Article of Impeachment Against Trump

12 October 2017
Democrat Al Green Introduces Article of Impeachment Against Trump

Representative Al Green (D-Texas) says Pres. Trump has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity and has brought disrepute on the Presidency with immunity.

Apatow also tweeted that the president should be impeached after Trump insisted that NFL players be forced to stand during the national anthem. "I rise today to speak on behalf of the many persons who believe that Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America has meaning and that it is something that is appropriate for a time such as this".

There is little enthusiasm for Green's article of impeachment among Democrats in the House.

And Bill Clinton survived a Senate vote after the House impeached him in 1998 for lying to a federal grand jury about his extramarital affair with a White House intern. He argued that Trump's "relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation", allegations that Trump is seeking to "promote his own business interests" as president, and his "seeming determination to go to war" as grounds for impeachment. Only two United States presidents have ever been impeached by the House of Representatives, and both were later acquitted by the Senate.

Since "high crimes and misdemeanors" was a legal term of art used in 18th-century British impeachments, some legal scholars have argued that mere dereliction of duty is a sufficient standard.

The impeachment of Mr Trump would require a majority vote in the House and a two-thirds majority in the Senate - both of which are now controlled by Republicans.

The longtime Democratic U.S. representative from Houston has been quick to voice his disapproval and join others in criticizing and calling for the president's impeachment in the months - yeah, it has only been months - since Trump was sworn into office in January. "You don't want to discredit it by voting for impeachment resolutions before you have the facts". But when the House moved to consider the resolution about an hour later, Green did not show up and it was shelved as a result.

Green introduced the articles of impeachment as a privileged motion, which normally would have compelled the House to vote on the resolution within two legislative days. Green has vowed to force a recorded up-or-down vote in his motion, even if Republicans seek to table it.

In the immediate aftermath of his speech midday Wednesday, it was unclear whether Green's move would force the full House to vote on impeaching Trump.

This second round of impeachment articles against the president may have sounded impressive, but once again it has already turned out to be a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing much of real importance. About 7 in 10 Democrats said Mr. Trump deserved impeachment, while 40 percent of Americans in general took the same view.