Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTom Steyer compares movement to impeach Trump to civil rights movement Juan Williams: Midterms will be referendum on Trump Dem lawmaker: We will impeach Trump if we retake the House MORE (D-Texas) is seeking to force a House floor vote later Wednesday on impeaching President Trump, setting up a tougher decision for Democrats than Republicans.

Green’s resolution is expected to fail, given widespread opposition among Republicans and most Democrats.

House Democratic leaders aren’t in favor of pushing impeachment at this point as they seek to win back the majority next year. Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMeadows calls ex-Trump aide surveillance docs 'potentially groundbreaking development' Pelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress Top Ethics Dem calls for Nielsen to resign MORE (D-Calif.) and other senior Democrats in believe that talk of impeachment at this point is premature, citing the ongoing special counsel probe into Russian election interference.

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Democratic leaders are expected to oppose Green’s resolution, but aides said they aren’t whipping rank-and-file members on the measure.

Under House rules, any member can trigger a floor vote on a “privileged” resolution within two legislative days after it is introduced.

Green will use that process to make the House consider his articles of impeachment, which argue that Trump has “brought shame and dishonor to the office of the president” by “sowing discord among the people of the United States.”

As examples, Green’s articles of impeachment cite Trump’s equivocating response to the violence at 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 said he plans to go to the House floor around noon to start action on his impeachment measure.

House GOP leaders are expected to reject the measure, but Green can still force a procedural vote that will effectively serve as the first vote in Congress on impeaching Trump.

“I’m a person who travels the road less traveled. And I know that this is a bumpy road,” Green said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Wednesday morning.

Despite the concerns from fellow Democrats, Green said he is pushing impeachment now as a matter of conscience.

"As I have said before, this is not about Democrats, it is about democracy. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our Republic. May everyone vote their conscience knowing that history will judge us all," Green wrote in a letter to fellow lawmakers on Tuesday.

The vote could either be a direct referendum on the contents of the measure, or a motion to table the resolution or send it to committee.

At least a handful of fellow Democrats may vote for Green’s resolution.

Green was among six House Democrats last month to unveil articles of impeachment alleging Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey amid the investigation into Russia’s election meddling; violating the foreign emoluments clause barring public officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments without the consent of Congress; and undermining the judiciary and the press.

Green and Reps. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenThere was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump's performance with Putin Dem lawmaker: U.S. cyberattack would have 'crippled' Russia House Dem: Russians 'own' Trump and his family MORE (Tenn.), Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.), Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeMoulton looks to recruit new generation of Dem leaders DeVos grilled on civil rights for students Farm bill abandons endangered wildlife MORE (Ohio), John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOvernight Health Care: Trump meets with Pfizer CEO amid pricing push | Kentucky reinstates dental, vision Medicaid benefits | Spending by health lobby groups down in second quarter Kentucky reinstates dental, vision benefits in Medicaid Dem lawmaker: Trump finally got his 'largest audience ever' in London protests MORE (Ky.) and Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralNAACP statehood statement leaves Puerto Ricans perplexed House GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (N.Y.) were among the Democrats who sponsored the articles of impeachment.

In addition, Rep. Brad ShermanBradley (Brad) James ShermanTop Dem lawmaker pushing committee for closed-door debrief with Trump’s interpreter Ex-Capitol Hill aide shares political lessons from soccer NRATV host warns Trump will be impeached if GOP loses House MORE (D-Calif.) introduced an article of impeachment in July alleging that Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.