Texas Rep. reveals, then shelves, articles of impeachment for President Trump

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Still, Green read the articles of impeachment on the House floor but did not formally introduce them.

"He has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute onto the presidency, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America and as a result is unfit to be president", Green said, before a final flourish.

In the 15-page proposal, Green says the president should be impeached for tweeting "disparaging" remarks about National Football League players, Puerto Ricans, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and President Barack Obama.

"Today, I rise to use the constitutionally prescribed political process of impeachment to speak truth to the most powerful man on earth, the president of the United States of America", Green said in a speech on the House floor.

Green had planned to introduce the articles of impeachment on October 2, but postponed after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas.

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, told The Hill in response to Green's threat: "We're not there yet", despite Trump having done "really awful things".

With Republicans in full control of Congress, there is no prospect in the near term that the president might be impeached.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other leaders have sought to tamp down calls for Trump's impeachment, citing ongoing investigations into his campaign and administration being pursued by congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller. Only two USA presidents have ever been impeached by the House of Representatives, and both were later acquitted by the Senate.

Green introduced the articles of impeachment as a privileged motion, which normally would have compelled the House to vote on the resolution within two legislative days.

It's likely that lawmakers in the GOP-controlled House will vote to set aside his resolution.

The rapper compared Trump's sins to those of President Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998 though not removed from office.

Another still condemns Trump for saying "three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election". "Members don't want this vote". The odds were good Republican leadership would move to table the articles but Green planned to challenge the ruling and force a procedural vote, according to the Hill. "He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office".

"Before I left the floor, there was an understanding with the parliamentarian and other persons who were there that it would not be voted on immediately", he said. About 7 in 10 Democrats said Mr. Trump deserved impeachment, while 40 percent of Americans in general took the same view.