A Democratic congressman took to the House floor on Wednesday to unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but allowed the measure to be shelved to avoid forcing his Democratic colleagues to take a potentially hard vote.
In the 15-page proposal, Green says the president should be impeached for tweeting "disparaging" remarks about National Football League players, Puerto Ricans, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and President Barack Obama.
After Green called for the president's impeachment in May (in a speech that led to him receiving racist voicemail messages saying Green should be lynched) California Democratic Representative Brad Sherman introduced articles of impeachment in July, although the articles never gained any traction in the House.
Green said on the House floor that Trump had undermined the integrity of the White House.
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.
The rapper compared Trump's sins to those of President Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998 though not removed from office.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other leaders have sought to tamp down calls for Trump's impeachment, citing ongoing investigations into his campaign and administration being pursued by congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Times called the Democrats' prospects of winning both the House and Senate next year "unlikely". He also accused Trump of "perfidy" in making the unsubstantiated claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.
Under the Constitution, if the House votes to impeach the president, the Senate may remove the president from office with a two-thirds majority vote. "You don't want to discredit it by voting for impeachment resolutions before you have the facts".
Green filed a privileged resolution, meaning that the House of Representatives has to act on the measure within two legislative days.
If Mr Green were to try and seek a vote on the issue, it could put many Democrats in a hard position. The resolution was therefore not offered and is not getting an imminent vote. "He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office". 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.
"Impeachment is postponed", Green said last week.
Green says that he didn't push for a vote now because he wants members of Congress to have a chance to read the text first, hence why he missed the opportunity to force a vote now.