Democrat Unveils, Then Shelves Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

Another alleges Trump 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, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism and neo-Nazism".

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.

A handful of Democrats in Washington have backed proposals to eject Mr. Trump, including an impeachment resolution unveiled by Representative Al Green of Texas, and opinion polls have found considerable support for impeachment among Democratic voters. Neither was removed from office via a conviction in the U.S. Senate.

Past efforts to get Trump on the road to impeachment have involved citing the president's actions, including his firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May and the continuing-to-evolve revelations about the Trump presidential campaign's possible ties to Russians seeking to sway the US presidential election, but this time around Green simply stood on the House floor and read Trump's tweets.

The measure was introduced as a privileged resolution, meaning House members either had to vote to table it or to proceed within the next two legislative days. Green also noted how Trump failed to condemn the white nationalists in Charlottesville, with articles stating that Trump "is fueling an alt-right hate machine".

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.

While Trump is intensely unpopular among Democrats in and out of Congress, party leaders have considered an impeachment effort unrealistic and politically damaging unless an investigation into his actions produces solid evidence of an impeachable crime. The odds were good Republican leadership would move to table the articles but Green planned to challenge the ruling and force a procedural vote, according to the Hill. But when, less than an hour later, the House's presiding officer called the resolution up for action, Green did not appear on the floor to offer it.

Wearing an American flag-themed tie, Green initially declared that his impeachment bid would use a special "privilege" procedure that he could have invoked to force a vote.

"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 cited Trump's statements and actions related to Muslims, Puerto Rican hurricane victims, transgender Americans, NFL football players and others.

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.

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