House Democrat Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
The move comes after a difficult weekend for President Trump
On Tuesday evening following the house voting to condemn remarks made on Twitter by President Trump, Representative Al Green (D-TX) introduced articles of impeachment against the President. This is not the first time Green has pushed to impeach Trump. Back in 2017 he pushed for such legislation to go through but was shut down by House Republicans. However, given the timing, the issue could now come up for debate. While a significant number of Democrats support it, not all are on board. Plus, the measure would need some Republican support.
The White House declined to comment.
Reading from his impeachment resolution, Green said, “Trump has, by his statements, brought the high office of the president of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace and disrepute.”
However, the resolution is something many Democrats are reluctant to take on. Still, considering that the resolution is privileged, Green could force a vote in as little as two legislative days.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says it will be up to the Democratic leadership how the House moves forward.
Is it worth it?
It’s no wonder that there is reluctance if we are being honest. Impeaching a President is no small feat and can come with extreme backlash. Even if President Trump is impeached, that does not remove him from power. Removing him from the office is an entirely different undertaking. As many will remember, Bill Clinton was found guilty of two of the four articles of impeachment he was charged with. However, he was never removed from office.
While impeachments is a popular issue among voters the question is, is it popular enough? While it only takes 218 votes in the House for an impeachment charge to pass, and Democrats certainly have the votes, is it worth voting? What could it cost them in 2020? That is up for debate.
What is not up for debate is that there is zero chance of Trump being removed from office. In order for that to happen the Senate would have to take up the issue and two-thirds of the Senate must agree on it. That will never happen with the current Senate makeup. While many Republicans have distanced themselves from the President, most are not in a hurry to remove him. Primarily because it could spell doom for them in 2020.
So is it worth the fight? We suppose that is up to the individual voter. Still there is no denying, we are in the thick of it now.