Texas Democrat introduces articles of impeachment

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) in 2013.
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Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas has introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, potentially forcing a vote this week on whether to remove the president from office.

The vote would come too soon for most Democrats, as a majority of the caucus appears to oppose impeachment, for now. But Green is seeking to capitalize on a growing sentiment for impeachment in the wake of Trump’s racist tweets over the weekend.

Green introduced the measure shortly after the House voted to condemn Trump for tweets that four Democratic congresswomen should “go back” to their home countries. All are Americans, and three of the four are U.S.-born. Green said Tuesday that Trump is unfit for office, and “enough is enough.”

Under House rules, a single member of the House can force an impeachment vote. Green did so twice when Republicans controlled the House.

For now, a majority of House Democrats appears to oppose impeachment. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has resisted launching official proceedings without broad bipartisan support.