Rep. Al Green (D-TX) announced on the House floor that he would be moving forward with his plan to force a vote on Trump impeachment in the House before Christmas.
Rep. Green said, “I now announce that before Christmas, there will be a vote on the chief inciter of racism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, sexism, ethnocentrism. There will be a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the impeachment of the president.”
As much as many Democrats want Trump impeached, forcing a vote on impeachment with Republicans in control of the House and Senate is not the best strategy. House Republicans will vote against the bill, while House Democrats will be in an awkward position. If they vote for impeachment, they will be potentially devaluing a future impeachment case against Trump. If they vote against impeaching the President, they will enrage Democrats.
A vote on articles of impeachment against Trump would feel good now, but they could complicate matters later after the Russia investigation is complete and Democrats possibly control all or part of Congress.
There may be a great case for impeaching Trump in the future, but Democrats lack the votes to impeach the President now.
As much as many in the country may want impeachment to happen, with Republicans in control of Congress, now is not the best time to be forcing a vote on Trump.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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