Rep. Al Green's bid to impeach Trump fails in the House

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"Impeachment is an extraordinary measure, but it should be clear to anyone who examines the facts that President Trump's actions justify his impeachment, including his efforts to obstruct justice, his self-enrichment and serial violations of the Emoluments Clause, and his involvement in a cover-up stemming from his campaign's very likely collusion with Russian interests to undermine the 2016 presidential election. It causes unparalleled destruction to our society in the long- and short-term that will not easily heal".

GreenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Dem says he will force House vote on impeachment Wednesday House Dem pledges vote to impeach Trump next week MORE (D-Texas) is seeking to force a House floor vote later Wednesday on impeaching President Trump, setting up a tougher decision for Democrats than Republicans.

Prominent among those included Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny H Hoyer, who also issued a joint statement against Green's push to impeach Trump.

Green decided not to force a vote at the time, but he pledged to do so before the year was out, which is soon.

Green cited Trump's equivocating in the wake of a deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia, his attacks on Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) and his criticisms of NFL players' kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police abusing African-Americans.

According to CNBC, Green said Trump is "unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and properties thereof".

Al Green (R-Tex.) came to the House floor at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday to offer articles of impeachment under special House rules requiring a floor vote; he returned to the floor at 1:34 to force that vote.

"I will tell them I refuse to sit on the sidelines while the world is considering one of the great issues of our time", Green said. The resolution accuses Trump of "high misdemeanor", worthy of removal from office. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our Republic. "In doing this, hatred disguised as acceptable political correctness has festered in our body politic and polluted our discourse to our detriment".

"Any discussion of impeachment before the completion of Robert Mueller's investigation is premature and not in the best interest of our nation", Correa said.