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House Democrat introduces Articles of Impeachment against Pres

House Democrat introduces Articles of Impeachment against Pres

A Democratic congressman took to the House floor on Wednesday to unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but allowed the measure to be shelved to avoid forcing his Democratic colleagues to take a potentially hard vote.

He said Mr Trump's response to neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, his attack on National Football League players who had knelt in protest and his debunked claim that Barack Obama had wire-tapped him, had all undermined the integrity of the Oval Office and "brought disrepute on the presidency".

Green had planned to introduce the articles of impeachment on October 2, but postponed after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas.

As we've noted before, impeachment requires a majority vote and with the Republicans in control of both the House and Senate it will take a lot more than everything that has happened so far to get the House interested in impeaching Trump. As Trump's presidency has worn on, many have called for his impeachment.

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.

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 House of Representatives has impeached only two American presidents.

The Hill said that in his speech on the House floor on Thursday, Mr Green said that it was not necessary for Mr Trump to be convicted of a crime to be impeached.

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. "Members don't want this vote".

According to multiple House Democratic aides, party leaders had prevailed upon Green not to offer the resolution and thus force his colleagues to cast a potentially troublesome vote. Green has vowed to force a recorded up-or-down vote in his motion, even if Republicans seek to table it. But when the GOP presiding officer moved to begin the process to consider the resolution less than an hour later, Green did not show up.

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.

"Before I left the floor, there was an understanding with the parliamentarian and other persons who were there that it would not be voted on immediately", he said.

Green, who first announced his intention to pursue impeachment last month, said he had not been asked to stand down before he came to the floor Wednesday.

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