The Democratic split over impeaching President Trump just burst into the open.
“Donald John Trump has, by his statements, brought the high office of President of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace and disrepute, has sown discord among the people of the United States, has demonstrated that he is unfit to be President, has betrayed his trust as President the United States to the manifest injury of the people of the United States, and has committed a high misdemeanor in office.”
So reads Rep. Al Green’s resolution calling for President Trump’s impeachment. On Wednesday, the Texas Democrat used a series of parliamentary moves to force Congress to consider a vote on his resolution.
In an unusual rebuke, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released a joint statement opposing Green’s resolution. “Legitimate questions have been raised about [the president’s] fitness to lead this nation,” they said. “Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President’s actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel’s investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue. Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment.”
Even so, 58 of the 193 House Democrats voted against the motion to table Green’s resolution, in defiance of Pelosi’s wishes.
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The text of Green’s resolution is worth studying. It doesn’t mention Russia or the allegations that Trump broke the law and obstructed justice. It isn’t interested in his foreign policy or his provocations toward Kim Jong Un or his broader execution of his presidential duties.
Instead, the resolution focuses on the ways Trump has tarnished “the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism, or neo-Nazism,” Read More Here