House to Vote on Articles of Impeachment


"It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our Republic", Green wrote to colleagues Tuesday.

In May, he delivered a speech on the House floor suggesting Trump be impeached for firing FBI Director James Comey, which Green said amounted to obstruction of justice. Green's resolution claims that Trump has been harmful to the U.S., citing various comments the president has made, such as referring to white nationalist protesters as "very fine people" and describing Rep. Frederica Wilson as "whacky" on multiple occasions. The articles also mention Trump's comments regarding NFL protests during the National Anthem, and the anti-Muslim videos he retweeted on November 29.

Green's resolution accuses Trump of causing "harm to American society".

A senior House Democratic leadership aide told CNN that "Pelosi and Hoyer will vote to table", referencing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second ranking Democrat in the chamber.

He declined to force a vote at the time he originally introduced the articles, saying he wanted to let the pubic and fellow lawmakers review them. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were acquitted by the Senate and Richard Nixon resigned before the House voted on his articles of impeachment.

The resolution will not pass the House. But that would still force Democrats to take a potentially troublesome position on a symbolic vote. "May everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all". Another problem for Democrats is that opposing Green's resolution puts them at risk of angering the party's rabidly anti-Trump voters. But if they vote against tabling the motion, they could be forced to explain to moderate and independent voters why they acted to impeach Trump before the investigations had concluded.