House expected to vote Wednesday on Green's impeachment effort

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on 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's (D-Texas) articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE, marking the first floor vote on the issue since Democrats took over the majority.

The vote is expected sometime in the late afternoon or early evening, three aides told The Hill.

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"Yesterday there was a vote of condemnation. The president was condemned. Today, we'll have a vote to punish," Green told C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" on Wednesday morning. 
 
"We have to punish the president, and impeachment is the means by which he can be punished," Green continued. "We ought to impeach this president for his bigotry."

It will be the third impeachment vote forced by Green. He previously forced votes on articles of impeachment in December 2017 and January 2018, while Republicans controlled the House.

House GOP leaders moved to table both of Green's resolutions, but about 60 Democrats voted in support of his efforts each time.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (D-Calif.) said that she prefers that the House stay on its course of investigating the Trump administration before moving to impeachment. But she took care to praise Green personally as a "very prayerful person" who "cares very much about our Constitution and our country."

"We have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in. That is the serious path that we are on. Not that Mr. Green is not serious, but we'll deal with that on the floor," Pelosi said at an afternoon press conference in the Capitol.

Pelosi that leaders still hadn't decided how to approach Green's resolution on the floor.

"I don't know what we will do. But we will deal with it on the floor," Pelosi said.

Democratic leaders could opt to vote to refer Green's articles to the House Judiciary Committee, table them like Republicans did or hold a direct up-or-down vote.

Green introduced his articles of impeachment Tuesday night under a "privileged" process that requires that the House take action within two legislative days. 

The Hill's whip list currently has 84 Democrats, 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.), in favor of launching an impeachment inquiry.

Green said he is forcing his latest vote on impeachment in light of Trump suggesting that four progressive congresswomen of color — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel Pro-Trump Republican immigrant to challenge Dem lawmaker who flipped Michigan seat 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Tlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bulls--- purity test' MORE (Minn.) — "go back" to the countries they came from.

The House passed a resolution largely along party lines Tuesday night to condemn Trump's comments as racist.

As with his previous articles of impeachment, Green accused Trump of inflaming racial tensions in America.

Green's articles of impeachment state that Trump has "sown seeds of discord among the people of the United States" by inflaming racial tensions and "brought to the high office of president of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute."

Scott Wong contributed. Updated at 1:51 p.m.