Congressman Al Green, D-Texas, has announced that he intends to bring an impeachment vote against President Donald Trump today.
Even if the Federal Bureau of Investigation later finds substantial evidence proving Russia's interference in the presidential election a year ago and prompts more Republican lawmakers to break ranks and turn against the president, it would still be highly unlikely that the Democrats can successfully impeach Trump.
BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday that Green sent a letter to colleagues outlining the impeachment charges against Trump. "It divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice can not". In October, he unveiled his articles of impeachment, which state that Trump is "fueling an alt-right hate machine" that's "causing immediate injury to American society".
Steyer's television ad campaign, which features him talking directly to the camera about Trump as a threat to the country, is not supported by top Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and former Obama White House adviser David Axelrod.
Another problem for Democrats is that opposing Green's resolution puts them at risk of angering numerous party's rabidly anti-Trump voters. The President's supporters don't see it that way, but investigative reporting and the work of special investigator Robert Mueller increasingly suggest that there is a lot more there than excuse making by disgruntled Democrats as the President and his backers have frequently suggested.
Only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. If he follows the proper procedures, Republicans will hold a vote on tabling - in effect killing - the proposal during the House's first series of votes on Wednesday, said a GOP leadership aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a decision by party leaders.
Only three presidents have been impeached by the House, though none were removed from office. But that would still force Democrats to take a potentially troublesome position on a symbolic vote. As I have said before, this is not about Democrats, it is about democracy. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our Republic.
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