Impeach Trump? House Dem offers resolution, sets it aside

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A Democratic congressman took to the House floor Wednesday to unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but ultimately allowed the measure to be shelved indefinitely in order to avoid forcing his Democratic colleagues to take a potentially hard vote.

"In so doing", Green continued, Trump "has fueled and is fueling an alt-right hate machine and his worldwide covert sympathizers, engendering racial antipathy, LGTBQ enmity, religious anxiety, stealthy sexism and terrible xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society".

Green, reading aloud his articles on the House floor, stressed that it should not take convicting Trump of a crime to impeach him.

"He has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute onto the presidency, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America and as a result is unfit to be president", Green said, before a final flourish.

The impeachment of Mr Trump would require a majority vote in the House and a two-thirds majority in the Senate - both of which are now controlled by Republicans.

Green initially said he planned to file the resolution last week, but he postponed it after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California was the first to do so in July.

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And Bill Clinton survived a Senate vote after the House impeached him in 1998 for lying to a federal grand jury about his extramarital affair with a White House intern. Given that the House, like the Senate, is Republican-controlled, the articles were always likely to be tabled, but then, in a self-defeating move, Green failed to show up when the presiding officer began the process of consideration.

Green, who first announced his intention to pursue impeachment last month, said he had not been asked to stand down before he came to the floor Wednesday.

For now, Green has no other backers on his resolution.

While Trump is intensely unpopular among Democrats in and out of Congress, party leaders have considered an impeachment effort unrealistic and politically damaging unless an investigation into his actions produces solid evidence of an impeachable crime.

"Before I left the floor, there was an understanding with the parliamentarian and other persons who were there that it would not be voted on immediately", he said.

"Many members are telling him that this is a fruitless effort and will end in a complicated vote that can not be easily explained", a senior Democratic aide said. "But what I've done thus far would not call for a vote", Mr Green told Politico. "You don't want to discredit it by voting for impeachment resolutions before you have the facts".

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