Rep. Al Green Announces Plans To Force Trump Impeachment Vote After Nancy Pelosi Says He's 'Not Worth It'
“When you’re standing on righteousness, one can be a majority,” said Rep. Green.
Rep. Al Green (D-TX) will begin his third attempt to impeach President Trump this week.
Green announced his plan to force the House of Representatives to vote on the issue Tuesday, one day after his party's leader, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), made it clear she has no desire to impeach Trump, The Hill reports.
Green said Pelosi's stance doesn't matter.
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"The Constitution and the rules allow any one person to bring a vote on impeachment," the Texas Democrat said on C-SPAN.
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On Monday, Pelosi said she's against impeaching President Trump because "impeachment is so divisive to the country."
The speaker added she might change her mind should Republicans decide impeachment is necessary, something unlikely to happen.
"I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country," Pelosi said. "And he's just not worth it."
“If we wait on Republicans — who are not going to buy in — then there won’t be an impeachment," Green said Tuesday. "We should not wait on people who are not coming."
The representative added he believes Trump must be removed because he has become a danger to the American people.
“It’s not about any one person — it’s really not even about the president as much as it is about what he’s doing," Green said. "It’s about his behavior that is harmful to society.”
Green told Politico his only concern is that Pelosi and his fellow Democrats might change House rules that currently allow one person to bring forward an impeachment vote. Even if the rules aren't changed, he would need 218 votes, 152 more votes than his last impeachment measure received.
Green's two previous impeachment attempts were put forward before last November's midterm elections; at that time, the Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate. Now that the House has a Democratic majority, Green believes there is a chance his third attempt will be successful.
The House can impeach the president on its own, but if it successfully impeaches Trump, it falls to the Republican-controlled Senate, to try the president. If the Senate votes to convict, the president is removed from office; if senators don't vote to convict, he remains.
At this point, though, Green said he isn't too worried about the numbers.
“When you’re standing on righteousness, one can be a majority," Green said.
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