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-CortezTrump Jr on father's taxes: 'People don't understand what goes into a business' Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge 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 AmashThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas Internal Democratic poll shows tight race in contest to replace Amash 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 HoyerThe House's stake in filibuster reform Centrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power 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."