Rep. Green files bill to im­peach pres­i­dent

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE - By Kevin Diaz

WASHINGTON — Hous­ton Democrat Al Green filed an im­peach­ment res­o­lu­tion on the House floor Wednesday, mak­ing of­fi­cial his re­cent calls that Con­gress take ac­tion against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Among the grounds for Green’s im­peach­ment bid was Trump’s re­sponse to the vi­o­lence at a white su­prem­a­cist rally in Char­lottesville, Va., as well as his at­tacks on NFL play­ers protest­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity by kneel­ing dur­ing the national an­them. He also ac­cused Trump of “per­fidy” in mak­ing the un­sub­stan­ti­ated claim that mil­lions of peo­ple voted il­le­gally in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Trump, the ar­ti­cles read, “has fu­eled and is fu­el­ing an alt-right hate ma­chine and its world­wide covert sym­pa­thiz­ers … caus­ing im­me­di­ate in­jury to Amer­i­can so­ci­ety.”

Green’s move is highly un­likely to get legs in the Repub­li­can-con­trolled cham­ber, where the res­o­lu­tion is ex­pected to be per­ma­nently tabled.

Though Green filed his ar­ti­cles as a “priv­i­leged” mo­tion, forc­ing floor ac­tion within two leg­isla­tive days, he was not present when the House’s pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer moved to con­sider the res­o­lu­tion.

In a floor speech, Green ac­knowl­edged that his ac­tion may have more sym­bolic than prac­ti­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

“Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I be­lieve that the ‘truest mea­sure of a per­son is not where you stand in times of com­fort and con­ve­nience,’ when the world is with you, but rather, where do you stand in times of chal­lenge and con­tro­versy, when you may stand alone?”


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