Earlier this year, Representative Al Green (D-TX) announced that he would be introducing articles of impeachment against Trump. Green just made good on his plans.
Liberals (and some conservatives) have been anxiously awaiting the serious push to get Trump out of office. The moment is finally here.
In order to move things along, Green labeled the articles “privileged,” which means that the House has to vote within two business days. In the articles, Green accused the President of “fueling an alt-right hate machine” that’s “causing immediate injury to American society.”
Just a few of the reasons Green feels as though Trump “undermined the integrity of this office” include his false claims that Obama wiretapped him, his failure to condemn and control the white nationalist party following the Charlottesville attack, and his race-fueled war against NFL athletes.
Green stated, “I rise today on behalf of the many who have concluded that enough is enough. I do so understanding that I’m not doing it on behalf of Republicans, generally speaking, or Democrats, generally speaking.”
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) thinks that Green’s attempts to impeach the President are premature. Nadler said, “I don’t want to vote on impeachment. I think it’s too early. We don’t have the evidence – we don’t have the case.”
Impeachment is the process by which a standing US official is formally charged with “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”, according to Article Two of the United States Constitution.
Only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1998). Both were acquitted. Richard Nixon was threatened with impeachment over the Watergate scandal (1974), but resigned before Congress could vote on whether to proceed.
The process of impeachment has to be started by the House of Representatives, and only needs a simple majority to pass. A trial will be set in the Senate. But here, a two-thirds vote is necessary for removal.