Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote

Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote
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Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDanish prime minister: Trump's idea to buy Greenland 'absurd'  Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts We need a climate plan for agriculture MORE (D-Texas) said Wednesday that his bill to introduce articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE Wednesday is a chance for Democrats to "punish" the president for a series of tweets against freshman Democratic congresswomen that many said were racist.

The Texas Democrat told C-SPAN that his bill should be seen as a natural follow-up to yesterday's successful vote in the House to condemn Trump over his tweets targeting Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Mich.).

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"Yesterday there was a vote of condemnation. The president was condemned. Today, we'll have a vote to punish," Green said.

"We have to punish the president, and impeachment is the means by which he can be punished," he continued. "We ought to impeach this President for his bigotry."

Green has attempted to introduce articles of impeachment numerous times against the president in recent months, an effort that has grown to be supported by dozens of House Democrats but has failed to gain support from party leadership including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMoulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Conservatives push Trump tariff relief over payroll tax cuts Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (D-Calif.).

"To condemn a racist president is not enough, we must impeach him. This will be a defining vote. The world is watching, and history will judge us all," Green said in a statement on Tuesday, while adding that this vote was not related to possible instances of obstruction of justice outlined in Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's special counsel investigation.

“The Mueller testimony will have no impact on this,” he added to reporters outside the House chamber. “They’re totally separate issues in terms of impeachment.”