Dem lawmaker: We will impeach Trump if we retake the House

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenNew grounds for impeachment? House Dem says Trump deserves it for making society worse Sessions gets unexpected support - from a Democrat who wants to impeach Trump Impeachment will be at the top of Democrats' agenda if they take the House majority MORE (D-Texas) is promising that Democrats will impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE if the party wins the House in November.

"There’s a good likelihood there will be articles of impeachment” brought against Trump, Green said Tuesday while appearing on C-SPAN.

When asked about the likelihood that House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act Internal RNC poll shows Pelosi is more popular than Trump: report MORE (D-Calif.) would introduce articles of impeachment against the president, Green pushed back, saying that “every member of the House is accorded the opportunity to bring up impeachment.” 

“This is not something the Constitution has bestowed upon leadership,” said Green, who previously introduced two articles of impeachment that failed on the House floor. “It’s something every member has the right and privilege of doing. I am not sure that there will be members who are going to wait for someone else if that someone else, doesn’t matter who it is, is declining to do it.” 

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Last week, Green doubled down on his push to impeach Trump against the wishes of Democratic leadership, arguing there is "bigotry emanating from the presidency.”

During an impassioned floor speech last week, the Texas Democrat cited the president’s travel ban, his opposition to transgender people serving in the military and his immigration policy as reasons to impeach Trump.  

Some House Democrats have signed on to an effort to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump, but the movement has yet to gain traction with Democratic leadership.

Pelosi has tried to dismiss efforts to pursue impeachment proceedings. In April, Pelosi called Democrats' efforts to impeach Trump a "gift" for Republicans ahead of November's midterm elections.

“I don’t think we should be talking about impeachment. I’ve been very clear right from the start,” Pelosi said during a press briefing last month. 

“On the political side I think it’s a gift to the Republicans,” she added. “We want to talk about what they’re doing to undermine working families in our country and what we are doing to increase their payrolls and lower their costs.”