Try, Try Again: Democrats to Bring Impeachment Articles Against Trump Wednesday

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Try, Try Again: Democrats to Bring Impeachment Articles Against Trump Wednesday

The impeachment resolution Green circulated Tuesday does not include any allegations of obstruction of justice or other alleged crimes connected to his 2016 presidential campaign or the pending investigations into connections to Russian Federation. Instead, he argues that Trump has "brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule and disgrace on the presidency" and "sown discord among the people of the United States".

As examples, Green's articles of impeachment cite Trump's equivocating response to the violence from a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., in August, as well as his attacks on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

Green's effort is also certain to be opposed by all Republicans.

"It's disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President's decisive victory in last year's election", spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer tell Democrats: "Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment".

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of MI says Democratic lawmakers can't let themselves be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw".

"We ought to let Mr. Mueller complete his full investigation rather than engage in what would essentially be a public relations stunt", Kildee said. "This is a serious thing. For this reason I will bring articles of impeachment to a vote in the House of Representatives", Green wrote in a letter to colleagues.

Rep. Al Green's plan is not supported by Democratic leaders, according to CNN.

The House voted 364-58 to table Green's resolution, which effectively killed the measure, with 126 Democrats voting to reject the resolution as well. The articles of impeachment he brought against Trump in October accused the president of "fueling an alt-right hate machine" that's "causing immediate injury to American society".

Democratic leaders have previously warned party members against enacting articles of impeachment against Trump, arguing that such a move would be premature given the ongoing investigations into the former NY businessman's election campaign and administration.

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