Democrat Unveils, Then Shelves Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

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A House Democrat introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

He said Mr Trump's response to neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, his attack on National Football League players who had knelt in protest and his debunked claim that Barack Obama had wire-tapped him, had all undermined the integrity of the Oval Office and "brought disrepute on the presidency".

Though Mr. Steyer did not mention Ms. Feinstein by name, his letter appeared to allude several times to deferential comments Ms. Feinstein made about Mr. Trump in August, when she counseled "patience" to restive Democrats and suggested Mr. Trump could change to become "a good president".

President Donald Trump waves as he walks to board Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Harrisburg, Pa.

"Many members are telling him that this is a fruitless effort and will end in a complicated vote that can not be easily explained", a senior Democratic aide said.

In the immediate aftermath of his speech midday Wednesday, it was unclear whether Green's move would force the full House to vote on impeaching Trump.

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

The same Senate acquitted him by a single vote, saving his presidency.

Green had planned to introduce the articles of impeachment on October 2, but postponed after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas.

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.

While Trump is intensely unpopular among Democrats in and out of Congress, party leaders have considered an impeachment effort unrealistic and politically damaging unless an investigation into his actions produces solid evidence of an impeachable crime.

To accomplish this, Green introduced the articles of impeachment as "privileged" which meant the House would be forced to consider the articles on the House floor within two legislative days.

Wearing an American flag-themed tie, Green initially declared that his impeachment bid would use a special "privilege" procedure that he could have invoked to force a vote.

He would not say when he plans bring the resolution back to the House floor, but promised he would. 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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