A Democratic representative from Texas has promised he'll force an impeachment vote tomorrow. Rep. Al Green made his promise on Tuesday; he vowed that a vote to impeach President Donald Trump will happen on the House of Representatives floor on Wednesday, reported Newsweek.
Green said in a speech in the House on Tuesday that he would bring articles of impeachment against the president. This announcement came after three prominent Democrats asked to meet with him to discuss the matter.
“I will tell them that impeachment is not about Democrats, that it’s not about Republicans. I will tell them that it is about democracy,” Green said of the Democrats he plans to meet with in his office. “It is about government of the people, by the people, for the people. I will tell them it is about the republic, it is about what [Benjamin] Franklin said, ‘We have a republic if we can keep it.’
He added, “I refuse to sit on the sidelines while the world is considering one of the greatest issues of our time."
The impeachment vote will likely only be procedural. It is extremely unlikely that the majority of House representatives will vote to impeach Trump. A majority vote is needed to pass the matter to the Senate. There, a two-thirds vote would be needed to remove the president.
Republicans control the House. Even Democrats are split on whether President Trump should be impeached. Newsweek said many believe "it is premature to discuss impeachment as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election."
In the past, the Texas Democrat has called Trump “the chief inciter of racism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, sexism, ethnocentrism.”
He introduced articles of impeachment in October. In them, he writes that President Trump “brought disrepute on the presidency” and “undermined the integrity of his office.” However, he does not make criminal accusations
Green does not seem to acknowledge the slim odds of his motion passing the House.
“I will tell them that if a man does not keep pace with his companion, perhaps he hears a different drummer,” Green said on Tuesday. “Let him step to the music he hears.”
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