Democratic Rep. Al Green files impeachment notice against Trump over racist tweets
London, July 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Representative Al Green will file articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday night, triggering a contentious vote in the coming days to confront an issue that has bitterly divided the Democratic Party.
The Texas congressman, who notified Democratic leaders of his decision on Tuesday, said the House must impeach Trump for racist remarks suggesting four minority congresswomen ‘‘go back’’ to their ancestral countries as well as other comments he has made in the past.
‘‘I think that we should not have this level of bigotry emanating from the president of the United States of America,’’ Green said in an interview with The Washington Post. ‘‘He is clearly making racist comments. . . The question becomes: what do we do about it?’’
Green added: ‘‘To tolerate bigotry — racism in this case — is to perpetuate it. We should not perpetuate this kind of behavior coming from the president, and if we don’t check him, he will continue.’’
Green’s move will force House Democrats to deal with the issue in the near term. Under House rules, Democratic leadership can decide to try to table the impeachment articles, effectively killing them for now and risk criticism from the party’s liberal base; refer them to the House Judiciary Committee for possible consideration; or allow the vote to proceed.
If leaders do nothing, Green can force a vote on the impeachment articles in two legislative days.
The move comes as more than 80 members of the House have called for launching an impeachment inquiry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has resisted, however, encouraging her chairmen to keep investigating the president.
The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to receive testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller next Wednesday