The House might vote to impeach Trump today
Update: The vote to impeach President Donald Trump was tabled in the House of Representatives this afternoon, December 6th. Although 58 Democrats voted to move forward with impeachment, they were overwhelmed by “no” votes from 364 Representatives from both parties.
Rumors of efforts to impeach President Donald Trump have been circulating for months. But today, December 6th, Representative Al Green is pushing for the House of Representatives to vote on Trump’s impeachment.
Green has filed two articles of impeachment against the president, citing Trump’s frequent inflammatory remarks. In his motion, Green mentioned Trump’s defense of white supremacists in the wake of attacks in Charlottesville, Va., his response to ongoing protests by NFL players, and his retweets of anti-Muslim videos on November 29th.
"The question isn't whether we have a bigot as president, the question is: what are we going to do about it?" Green wrote to other House Democrats. "The answer is: impeachment for his high misdemeanors, which need not be a crime."
But, sadly, the vote to proceed probably won’t pass. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said that they’re planning to table the motion. The Guardian reported that other Democrats expressed the belief that the vote on impeachment should wait until special counsel Robert Mueller has finished his investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Green is not the first Representative to file articles of impeachment against Trump, though. On November 26th, Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee introduced five articles of impeachment, including a charge of obstruction of justice for Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey. Green was the first Democrat to call for impeachment, though, requesting that Congress file articles against Trump in May.
Impeaching a president is a long process, and impeaching Trump while Republicans have a majority in both the Senate and the House would be difficult. Although we’re disappointed that Green’s articles of impeachment probably won’t be voted on yet, this is a sign that Democrats’ efforts will continue. We applaud Green, and we hope he keeps fighting!