House Democrat unveils articles of impeachment against Trump

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Another alleges Trump brought "shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism and neo-Nazism".

Green's introduction of such articles are not the first to be introduced against President Trump.

While the GOP-majority House was unlikely to vote in favor of impeaching Trump, Democratic lawmakers have also been reluctant to call for the president's removal.

Houston Congressman Al Green has again called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump on the U.S. House floor.

Congress can only remove the president with a vote by two-thirds of the Senate. As Trump's presidency has worn on, many have called for his impeachment.

The impeachment of Mr Trump would require a majority vote in the House and a two-thirds majority in the Senate - both of which are now controlled by Republicans.

Since "high crimes and misdemeanors" was a legal term of art used in 18th-century British impeachments, some legal scholars have argued that mere dereliction of duty is a sufficient standard. Green said that Trump is damaging the country by "fueling an alt-right hate machine".

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Still, this is the second time articles of impeachment have been introduced.

Green's articles of impeachment were introduced as "privileged", meaning that they must be considered on the House floor within two legislative days.

While Green's actions won't lead to an immediate impeachment of the President, it is yet another step in that direction.

"Before I left the floor, there was an understanding with the parliamentarian and other persons who were there that it would not be voted on immediately", he said.

Another still condemns Trump for saying "three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election". But aside from that minor detail, the other, most likely the reason is a simple one: Democrats are not ready to impeach Trump at this point, something Green is well aware of.

But Democratic leaders have mainly focused on attacking Mr. Trump's policy agenda; they have urged rank-and-file liberal activists to hold off on talk of impeachment while the gravest investigations into Mr. Trump's conduct run their course. Only two U.S. presidents have ever been impeached by the House of Representatives, and both were later acquitted by the Senate. Some in the party think it would be an overreach to go for the political jugular, and might alienate voters in the process, putting the Dems even deeper in the hole in the upcoming midterm elections.

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