Dem lawmaker who pushed impeachment effort against Trump says he’ll try again

Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 13:27:42-04

The Democratic congressman who unsuccessfully pushed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump said Thursday he will try again, despite desires from party leadership to move on.

“It absolutely is not” the last impeachment attempt Rep. Al Green of Texas plans to make, he told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “At this Hour.”

On Wednesday, the House easily killed Green’s effort to impeach Trump after the Texan was able to force the vote under House rules. The vote amounted to the most direct challenge yet to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has resisted progressives’ calls to impeach Trump out of concern that such an effort would be dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate and would embolden Trump’s 2020 reelection message.

The 332-95 vote divided Democrats, with 95 — a little more than 40% of the Democratic caucus — voting against tabling it, or voting to keep it alive. There were 137 Democrats who joined all Republicans in voting to defeat the measure, which Green said was focused on the President’s “bigotry and racism.”

On Thursday, Green acknowledged the fact that Pelosi doesn’t want to move forward with impeachment proceedings, but said, “we have different paths.”

“The speaker and I have the same goal and that’s to do what’s in the best interest of our country,” he told Bolduan.

In December 2017 and January 2018, Green also introduced privileged impeachment resolutions, which were both tabled by the Republican-led House.

“We had nearly 100 people this time, up from the 58 the first time. I do believe that this President will be impeached and I believe that it is our duty to do so,” Green said Thursday.

Ahead of the Wednesday vote, Green dismissed calls from within his party to hold off on the resolution, arguing that impeachment should follow Tuesday’s House vote that condemned racist attacks Trump recently made on Twitter against four minority congresswomen.

“The American people don’t want to tolerate bigotry. I just have faith in the American people. And I will continue — we will march on until victory is won,” Green said Thursday.