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-CortezJared Kushner denies Trump 'promoting' questions about Kamala Harris Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' It's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger MORE (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence Omar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' Omar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota Centrists, progressives rally around Harris pick for VP 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 AmashKudlow acknowledges executive orders may end up in court: 'We're going to go ahead with our actions anyways' Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Peter Meijer wins GOP primary in Amash's Michigan district 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 HoyerProgressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Lawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump to Democratic negotiators: 'They know my phone number' 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."