Well, he gets an award for persistence, at least.
As he’s done twice before, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) tried to force another vote in the House to impeach President Trump. The move comes just a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi oversaw a vote to condemn the president’s weekend tweets, and as she readies for a conference with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over their working relationship.
Leadership aides said a vote may be held on whether to refer Green’s motion to committee for further study or to “table” it, killing it for now. In either case, lawmakers would have to go on record with votes on the impeachment question, which many are loathe to do.
Pelosi doesn’t want to deal with the impeachment question. She’s said in the past she’d rather deal with the Mueller Report first and then, if it makes sense move on impeachment. By jumping the gun, again and again, Green could be killing support for such a measure.
James Clyburn, the House’s No. 3 Democrat and a chief lieutenant to Pelosi, said:
“I don’t think we’re ready to debate that at this point.”
He added that part of the reason was that Congress is scheduled to hear from Mueller in testimony next week.
Green filed the resolution on Tuesday as a “privileged” matter, which means the chamber must act on it within 48 hours. He has filed the resolution twice in the past.
This is the first time he has brought it with Democrats in majority control of the House.
Green told CNN:
“This will be an opportunity for us to all go on the record: either we will move forward with impeachment or we will vote against it.”
And he’s absolutely right. Every member will have to go on record, which could be quite a problem for moderate Democrats in districts that voted for Trump in 2016.