A House Democrat offered a resolution Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump but let it die before action was taken, saying he would force a vote later.
Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) read his impeachment resolution on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, bringing it up under rules that would force a rapid vote. But when the GOP presiding officer moved to consider the impeachment resolution less than an hour later, Green was a no-show.
Green said to reporters afterward that he had wanted to allow more time for his colleagues to review the resolution before it was voted on, and he suggested that the House floor staff had misled him about the timing of that vote.
"I rise today on behalf of the many who have concluded that enough is enough", Green said during his opening remarks. "I don't think it's any secret that I have indicated that there will be a vote in Congress on articles of impeachment". Any move to impeach before those probes are complete, they have said, would be premature. Green pulled back from forcing a vote, however, under apparent pressure from other Democrats.
"It would be a disservice to the American people for it to be voted on immediately", he said. "Members don't want this vote". Here's how it would actually happen.
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. House leaders granted Green floor time on that basis, and he spoke for almost 20 minutes, reading statements and tweets by Trump regarding Puerto Rico, a proposed travel ban, and transgender people serving in the military. 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".
Rep. Al Green is once again chasing the dream of impeaching President Donald Trump.
"There were many, many things that could have been the straw", he said.
Yeah, and Deja Vu struck the congressman last month, too.
Green initially planned to file the resolution last week but delayed his plans after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
This time Green contended that Trump should not have to be convicted of a crime to be impeached and forced from office.