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. GreenThe Memo: Will Iran crisis sideline impeachment process? Green says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely GOP set to make life difficult for Democrats on impeachment MORE (D-Texas) said Wednesday that his bill to introduce articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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.

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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 PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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.”