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Texas Democrat Al Green is calling for a House vote this afternoon on two impeachment articles against President Trump.
Do not wait for the effort to succeed. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and minority leader Steny Hoyer have told Democrats that they plan to vote to present the motion. In other words, vote to make sure that the bill does not get a vote.
Green's motion follows the conviction of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in the ongoing investigation of the special lawyer on Trump and his 2016 campaign. But, in particular, the two articles have nothing what to do with that investigation in progress.
Instead, Green's impeachment articles focus on divisive statements and actions Trump has taken, including his defense of racist protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia; mocking comments on the protests of the national anthems of the National Football League, and recent retweets of videos published by a far-right nationalist group in Britain, among other things.
"The question is not whether we have a fan as president, the question is: What are we going to do about it?" Green wrote this week in a letter to other Democrats in the House. "The answer is: impeachment for their high misdemeanors, which do not have to be a crime. "
Green continues arguing in the letter that" the accusation is a political remedy, not a judicial remedy, so it can be a misdemeanor, what can or not be a crime. "
Quotes President Andrew Johnson's impeachment, which has historically been seen as an openly partisan act.
Green's step widens a growing gap within the Democratic Party and its progressive base: request or not publicly dismissing an unpopular president at the center of an ongoing criminal investigation, and, if so, at what volume and urgency to convene it.
Most Democrats do not want to have anything to do with Political impeachment efforts at this time, and publicly worrying about backing them up while Mueller's investigation continues, would make any eventual appeals seem partisan. .
"To elect a president of the United States is the most important action that American citizens take when establishing the policies of their country, which should not be annulled except for the most atrocious and demonstrable events," Hoyer said recently. journalists. "Do not we agree with the policies [Trump’s]? Yes. But to disagree with the policies is not enough to annul an election, a free and fair election of the American people."
At the same time, a growing number of Democratic voters and activists seem ready to not only demand impeachment now, but to make that call a central part of the 2018 midterm elections. The Megadonor and California Democratic activist Tom Steyer has invested at least $ 10 million in an online petition effort to urge Trump's impeachment. It has already collected more than 3.3 million signatures.
"The indictment is really about a president who breaks his confidence with the Constitution, with the American people," Steyer told NPR.
Steyer publishes national cable television ads to promote the effort, raising questions about whether he is using the challenge to raise his profile before running for office.
"The criteria have been met" for the indictment, Steyer said, citing Trump's dismissal from FBI Director James Comey – and Comey's testimony that Trump had asked the director to "make it easy" "with Flynn. He added: "However, what is happening is not only if he has met the criteria to be accused, but also the great threat he presents to the American people, which means that we have the urgency to act." what we are really trying to do. We're trying to give Americans a voice where they say this president is a threat to us & # 39; "
Green presented the resolution on the floor of the House at 12:15 pm The House will vote on Wednesday afternoon.
See below a summary of Green's office of the articles he is presenting:
Summary of the articles of the indictment
Article I – Association of the Presidency with white nationalism, neo-Nazism and hatred
· Donald J. Trump issued a statement public that characterizes anti-Semites, intolerant, racist, white nationalists and Ku Klux Klansmen who demonstrated in Charlottesville, Virginia as "very good people".
· Donald J. Trump did not issue a public statement when these hate groups returned to Charlottesville, Virginia shouting "You will not replace us!" However, he issued several statements related to the players of the National Football League who exercised their right to protest constitutionally protected.
· Donald J. Trump shared three videos of a British right-wing extremist who pretended to show various violent acts committed by Muslims. It was discovered that the videos were poorly titled and characterized.
Article II – Incitement to hatred and hostility
· Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13769, which caused the partial closure of immigration of Muslim countries.
· Donald J. Trump issued a public statement that transgender people are prohibited from serving in the United States military.
· Donald J. Trump made a public statement referring to professional soccer players as "sons of bitches" thus denigrating them and their mothers, for exercising their right to protest constitutionally protected.
· Donald J. Trump made a public statement that after being devastated by a Category 4 and Category 5 hurricane, Puerto Ricans "… want everything to end for them when it should be a community effort," incite to the racial tensions around the stereotype that people of color need or want brochures.
· Donald J. Trump made a public statement that after being devastated by a Category 4 and Category 5 hurricane in a week, the Puerto Ricans had "… ruined our budget a bit." Similar statements were not made by Mr. Trump on Texas or Florida, which were also devastated by the hurricanes in September 2017.
· Donald J. Trump issued a public statement in reference to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D- FL-24), a woman, African-American, member of Congress as "crazy" and called her a liar.
· Donald J. Trump issued a public statement in reference to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24), a woman, African-American Member of Congress as "crazy" for the second time.
· Donald J. Trump issued a public statement referring to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24), an African-American woman member of Congress as "crazy" a third time.