Green files articles of impeachment against Trump, setting up floor vote

 
Green introduced his articles of impeachment after the House passed a resolution largely along party lines condemning Trump for suggesting that four progressive freshman congresswomen of color — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySen. Susan Collins: Israel should allow Omar, Tlaib to visit Ocasio-Cortez: Netanyahu sending message 'only some Americans are welcome to Israel' Pelosi: Israel's Omar-Tlaib decision 'a sign of weakness' MORE (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Israel approves Tlaib request to visit grandmother in West Bank MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Israel approves Tlaib request to visit grandmother in West Bank MORE (Mich.) — should "go back" to their countries.
 
Green said that the House should go beyond condemning Trump and move to remove him from office.
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It will be the third impeachment floor vote forced by Green in the last two years, but the first since Democrats took control of the House.
 
Green previously forced procedural votes on articles of impeachment against Trump in December 2017 and January 2018. Both efforts drew the support of about 60 House Democrats.
 
A total of 84 House Democrats currently support launching an impeachment inquiry, as well as Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (Mich.), according to The Hill's whip list. But Democratic leaders — and the majority of the caucus — are not yet on board as they seek to continue ongoing investigations of the Trump administration.
 
A floor vote will force all House Democrats to go on the record about an issue on which they have yet to reach consensus.
 
Green read aloud his articles of impeachment on the House floor, saying Trump is "unfit to defend the ideals that have made America great" and "unfit to ensure domestic tranquillity" and "promote the general welfare."
 
As he did in his previous articles of impeachment, Green accused Trump of having "sown seeds of discord among the people of the United States" by inflaming racial tensions and "brought the high office of president of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace and disrepute."
  
Green, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, forced the vote in January 2018 after The Washington Post reported Trump described African nations as "shithole countries."
 
Some Democrats in favor of impeachment said Tuesday that Green’s timing isn’t ideal given that former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE will be testifying before Congress next week about his report on whether Trump obstructed justice in the investigation into Russia's election interference. Those Democrats, however, said that they would likely vote in favor of Green's latest effort.
 
Green gave House Democratic leaders a heads-up that he would be filing the articles of impeachment on Tuesday.
 
He filed them as a "privileged" resolution, which under House rules must be considered on the floor within two legislative days. That means the House will have to take action by Thursday.

When Green forced votes in 2017 and 2018, House GOP leaders — then in the majority — moved to table his impeachment resolutions. Democratic leaders could choose to allow a direct up-or-down vote on Green's resolution or move to table it.

Earlier Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerLiberal Democrat eyes aid cuts to Israel after Omar, Tlaib denied entry Lawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar Israel denies Omar and Tlaib entry after Trump tweet MORE (D-Md.) said Democratic leaders hadn't yet decided how to handle Green's resolution on the floor. But he reiterated that they believe impeachment is still premature. 

"I think we need to hear from [Mueller] and analyze what he had to say," Hoyer said. "I think there's a lot of information to come, and we'll see — as the Speaker has said — where it leads us."