White House calls Houston lawmaker 'pathetic' for pushing Trump impeachment

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Al Green on Wednesday took to the House floor to file Articles of Impeachment.

But when the Republican presiding officer tried to begin the process to consider the resolution an hour after Green read it, the representative did not show up, according to The Hill.

Green could have forced a vote to challenge the GOP ruling that would have been the first congressional vote toward impeaching Trump. While Green says he wanted to give fellow Democrats a chance to review his resolution and was told it wouldn't be brought up for an immediate vote, multiple Democratic aides say Green was pressured to drop it by Democratic leadership. And a Green aide conceded that Republicans would have shot it down. Green pulled back from forcing a vote, however, under apparent pressure from other Democrats.

"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.

"I rise today on behalf of the many who have concluded that enough is enough", Green said during his opening remarks. "Members don't want this vote".

The move by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, edged his party toward a confrontation craved by some of its most liberal supporters but opposed by many others - including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - who consider it ill-advised and premature.

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"I don't think it's any secret that I have indicated that the president should be impeached", Green continued.

In almost 20 minutes of floor remarks Wednesday, Green inveighed against Trump for having "produced a demonstrable record of inciting white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race baiting and racism by demeaning, defaming, disrespecting and disparaging women and certain minorities". Green also noted how Trump failed to condemn the white nationalists in Charlottesville, with articles stating that Trump "is fueling an alt-right hate machine".

The congressman's articles say Trump's transgressions have been "political". That, he said, was the final straw after what he saw as a litany of impeachable offenses.

Yeah, and Deja Vu struck the congressman last month, too.

Rep. Al Green has vowed to push impeachment since at least May, when Trump fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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