House Dem pulls back from forcing impeachment vote

TheHill | 10/11/2017 | Cristina Marcos
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Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) stopped short of forcing a vote Wednesday on articles of impeachment against President Trump, but insisted his push isn’t over yet.

Green announced his intention on the House floor to offer the impeachment articles as a privileged resolution, which under House rules allows any member to force a vote within two legislative days.

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The GOP presiding officer moved to consider Green’s resolution less than an hour later, but Green didn’t show up, allowing the window for consideration to pass for now.

Green could have forced a procedural vote to challenge the GOP’s ruling, which would have served as the first vote in Congress related to impeaching Trump.

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But he decided not to, saying he wanted his colleagues and the public to review the articles of impeachment first.

“I want my colleagues to have a chance to review it and I want the American people to get some sense of what’s going on,” Green told reporters just off the House floor.

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The four articles of impeachment unveiled by Green say Trump has “has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity” and “brought disrepute on the presidency,” but do not argue that the president has committed a crime.

Instead, the articles state that Trump is “fueling an alt-right hate machine” that is “causing immediate injury to American society;” brought “shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy;” engaged in deceit by making the false claim that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election; and encouraged police brutality during a July speech to law enforcement.

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Democratic leadership was not informed in advance that Green was going to unveil the articles of impeachment on Wednesday, an aide said. Green first announced his plans in...
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