Democrats wary of House colleague's effort to impeach Trump

Democrats wary of House colleague's effort to impeach Trump

Democrats wary of House colleague's effort to impeach Trump

In response, Democratic leaders resisted Green's call to action, insisting that more urgent matters warranted attention, namely the tax bill and the Russian Federation investigation.

Green argued that Trump has committed a high misdeed and is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office.

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Dem says he will force House vote on impeachment Wednesday House Dem pledges vote to impeach Trump next week MORE (D-Texas) is seeking to force a House floor vote later Wednesday on impeaching President Trump, setting up a tougher decision for Democrats than Republicans.

It remains highly unlikely that the majority of House representatives will vote to impeach Trump, as it would be necessary for the motion to be passed onto the Senate for a two-thirds vote.

At least a handful of fellow Democrats may vote for Green's resolution.

Green has discussed impeaching Trump since the spring and previously filed impeachment articles in October, almost forcing a vote at that time before House Democratic leaders persuaded him to temporarily abandon the effort.

Green added that President Trump has "sown discord among the people of the United States".

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Shortly before the vote, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said there are "legitimate questions" raised about Trump's fitness to lead the country.

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

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment", they wrote in a statement.

Pelosi and Hoyer released a joint statement ahead of a floor vote on articles of impeachment sponsored by Rep. Al Green.

Green's new eight-page resolution accuses the Republican president of "high misdemeanors", citing "harm to American society to the manifest injury of the people of the United States".

"We ought to let Mr. Mueller complete his full investigation rather than engage in what would essentially be a public relations stunt", said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich).

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