(Houston, TX) – On Monday, July 15, 2019, Congressman Al Green released the following press release addressing his plans to bring articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump:
“The President of the United States is a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, as well as an invidious prevaricator. To say that Donald John Trump is unfit for the Office of the President of the United States is an understatement. He is unfit for public office, and if he displayed any of these behaviors in most private companies, he would be summarily terminated with haste. How long will we stand idly by as he denigrates his constituents, decimates our democracy, and damages America’s global standing?
“I was not told to speak out on the bigotry emanating from the White House. I was compelled to speak out. I believe there is a moral imperative to look racism, bigotry, misogyny, and hate in the face and rebuke it; to convey to our children that this type of behavior is unacceptable and that these beliefs are not welcome in the United States of America.
“I forced a vote on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2017 not to give myself a voice, but to give a voice to those who are voiceless as they are being assaulted by the policies and rhetoric of this Administration. I forced a vote on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2018 not to highlight myself, but to highlight the vitriolic rhetoric of ‘s***hole countries’ and ensure that these types of comments are not normalized in our discourse. I refuse to back down, sit down, or shut down in the face of this assault on the most marginalized in our communities.
“On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, I called for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. I was the first to make a formal call for impeachment on the House Floor.
“On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, I introduced a resolution to impeach President Trump and forced a vote using a privileged resolution. The resolution is H. Res. 646. The vote total was 364 for tabling the resolution, 58 for proceeding with debate, 4 voted present, 6 did not vote. Eight ranking members voted for the resolution.
“On Friday, January 19, 2018, I introduced a resolution to impeach President Trump and forced a vote using a privileged resolution. The resolution is H. Res. 705. The vote total was 355 for tabling the resolution, 66 for proceeding with debate, 3 voted present, 6 did not vote. Ten ranking members voted for the resolution.
“I will again this month bring impeachment to a vote on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for bigotry in policy, harmful to our society.”