Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas will force a House vote on Wednesday to accuse President Donald Trump, he told his colleagues in a letter on Tuesday.
"It's not about the Democrats, it's about democracy, not about the Republicans, it's about the fate of our Republic," Green wrote to his colleagues on Tuesday. "Let everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all"
The resolution will not happen in the House. Green would need a simple majority of members to support him and no Republican has suggested that Congress remove Trump from his position.
Green is using what is called a privileged resolution to present his bill that presents the accusation, which allows him to force a vote in the House within two days without first having to obtain the agreement of the president of the House. , Paul Ryan. A spokesperson for Ryan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, the most likely result is that Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan will present a vote on Wednesday on a green motion for dismissal from Green. . But even a motion for the table could present difficulties for some of Green's colleagues as a symbolic vote on Trump's impeachment.
Only a handful of Democrats in Congress have called for Trump's ouster, while the vast majority of the party has said it is too early to make that call and have avoided the problem at all costs. Democratic leaders, as well as rank-and-file members, have urged members like Green to postpone the challenge as Congress and special lawyer Robert Mueller investigate possible collusion between the president's team and Russia. A spokesperson for minority leader Nancy Pelosi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Green repeatedly emphasized in his "dear colleague" letter that Trump does not have to be guilty of a crime for Congress to accuse him. Green's resolution includes two articles of impeachment, asking Congress to judge the president for "associating the presidency with white nationalism, neo-Nazism and hate" and "inciting hatred and hostility," a section that refers to the ban on Trump travel, his transgender military service ban, his statements about the NFL, and other actions that Trump has taken on his job.
Green has threatened this action before. But on the floor of the House on Tuesday, he warned his congressional colleagues that this time he would "refuse to stand on the sidelines while the world considers one of the great issues of our time." Green was the first member of Congress to explicitly call for Trump's dismissal, but then focused on the president's decision to fire former FBI director James Comey.