House expected to vote Wednesday on Green's impeachment effort

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDemocrats reach cusp of impeachment Feehery: Losing faith in the people and the Constitution Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race MORE's (D-Texas) articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left 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 AmashGroup of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict 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-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump 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.