The two most important Democrats in the House of Representatives presented themselves on Wednesday against an attempt to oust President Trump, shortly before the House is expected to vote to kill the effort.
Reps. Al Green (R-Tex.) Arrived at the floor of the House at 12:13 p.m. On Wednesday to offer impeachment items under special House rules that require a vote on the floor; He returned to the room at 1:34 to force that vote. The Republicans are expected to offer a motion to present the resolution later on Wednesday, effectively killing Green's resolution.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) Issued a joint statement before the vote, making it clear that they opposed Green's effort, although they did not get to call the democrats to vote to kill him.
"The Democrats are firmly focused on taking effective and real measures to improve the lives of working Americans and defeat The cruel barrage of Republican attacks on the middle class," they wrote, noting their opposition to the pending Republican bill of taxes while acknowledging that Trump "made statements and took actions that are beyond the reach of most Americans."
Legitimate questions have been raised about his ability to lead this nation, "continued Pelosi and Hoyer." At this time, Congressional committees continue to be deeply involved in the investigations of the President's actions, both before and after their takeover. of possession. The special lawyer's investigation is moving forward too, and those consultations should continue. Now is not the time to consider the articles of impeachment. "
Green has discussed the Trump trial since spring and previously filed the indictment in October, almost forcing a vote at that time before Democratic House leaders persuaded him to temporarily abandon the effort.
] Democratic leaders have long believed that any effort to launch Trump's impeachment is premature as investigations by various congressional committees, as well as special adviser Robert S. Mueller III, are under way. Base Democrats in a difficult position: between the desire to allow investigations to run their course, the possible discomfort of moderate voters and the demands of the anti-Trump left.
your note sent to your colleagues on Tuesday, Green argued that the moment of the accusation has arrived: "As I said before, this is not about the Democrats, it's about democracy. It's not about Republicans, it's about the destiny of our Republic. Let everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all. "
The dismissal resolution that Green circulated on Tuesday does not include any accusation of obstruction of justice or other alleged crimes related to his 2016 presidential campaign or pending investigations on connections with Russia, details Trump's alliances with the extreme right, including his inability to quickly denounce white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, and his recent tweet of anti-Muslim videos distributed by a British extremist group, as well as public events and statements denigrate various groups and individuals.
"For too long, we have allowed our courtesy to prevent us from facing the hateful incivility of President Donald J. Trump," Green wrote. "By doing this, hatred disguised as acceptable political correctness is has infiltrated our political body and has contaminated our speech to our detriment. " It divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that the obstruction of justice can not. It causes unparalleled destruction in our society in the short and long term that will not be easily cured. "
While virtually all Republicans and many Democrats are expected to vote to present Green's resolution, a few Democrats said on Wednesday they will vote by Green's measure
"The president is a criminal," said Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.).