Texas congressman Al Green’s articles of impeachment against President Trump failed miserably Wednesday after the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted the measure down.
Al Green (D-TX) introduced 2 articles of impeachment on Wednesday which were roundly rejected by the vast majority of House members after the Texas congressman forced a vote. Almost immediately upon being introduced to the floor, the House rejected the measure by a 364 to 58 vote.
Al Green made an impassioned speech on the floor of the House however, his reasoning for impeachment were considered inane. Green stated that President Trump was “unfit” to serve coupled with accusations of “high crimes and misdemeanors” though, the Texas congressman was unable to list a single one. Below is a portion of the congressman’s speech:
“I rise today on behalf of the many who have concluded that enough is enough. I rise today to speak on behalf of the many persons who believe that Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America has meaning and that it is something that is appropriate for a time such as this.”
“Resolved that Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity and brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the American people and is unfit to be president, and is impeached pursuant to Article 2, Section 4 to the Constitution of the United States of America.”
Nancy Pelosi took a more realistic and pragmatic approach to the Texas congressman’s efforts in that she stated her desire to hold off impeachment proceedings until there is evidence of an impeachable offense, ultimately suggesting Green’s efforts were futile. Nancy Pelosi voted down the impeachment effort along with 363 other House members. 238 Republicans and 126 Democrats voted to reject the measure in a bi-partisan repudiation while the dissenting votes were comprised of all Democrats.
The United States Constitution, Article II, Section IV:
The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the Unites States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Upon reading Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution it becomes clear that Al Green’s efforts did not conform to the very clause he cited. In order for Article 2, Section 4 to be properly enacted the President must first be convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors, that of which President Trump has never been.