Dem postpones unveiling impeachment measure after Vegas shooting

Greg Nash

A House Democrat who had threatened to force a vote this week on impeaching President Trump said Monday that he would postpone his plans in light of the shooting in Las Vegas.

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) didn’t specify when he might try to bring forward a measure to impeach Trump, but said the focus should be on the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“I announce that impeachment is postponed. Let us mourn. Let us heal,” Green said in brief remarks on the House floor Monday afternoon.


Green originally announced his intention last week to force a vote on impeaching Trump as he criticized the president’s attacks on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

“I will stand here in the well of the Congress, and I will call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America,” Green said in a House floor speech.

Green has not offered specifics on what his argument for impeachment would be in the resolution.

Most Democrats are not interested in voting on impeachment at this point, despite their deep opposition to Trump. They think voting on impeachment would look like an overreach and alienate swing voters in districts they need to win back the House next year.

Green has countered that Democrats should not wait for the FBI’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign potentially colluded with the Russian government to conclude before considering impeachment.

Under House rules, any member can force a vote on resolutions considered “privileged” within two legislative days.

House Republicans would presumably reject an impeachment measure. But Green could still force a procedural vote on it, therefore putting all of his colleagues on the record about impeachment.

Green previously signed on to an article of impeachment introduced by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) in July that argued Trump had obstructed justice by firing James Comey as FBI director during the investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

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