A Democratic congressman took to the House floor on Wednesday to unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but allowed the measure to be shelved to avoid forcing his Democratic colleagues to take a potentially hard vote. But when, less than an hour later, the House's presiding officer called the resolution up for action, Green did not appear on the floor to offer it.
After Green called for the president's impeachment in May (in a speech that led to him receiving racist voicemail messages saying Green should be lynched) California Democratic Representative Brad Sherman introduced articles of impeachment in July, although the articles never gained any traction in the House.
Donald John Trump, president of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, has under the inane pretext of dispensing with political correctness, produced a demonstrable record of inciting white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race-baiting, and racism by demeaning, defaming, disrespecting, and disparaging women and certain minorities.
Green filed a privileged resolution, meaning that the House of Representatives has to act on the measure within two legislative days. "He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office".
"There is a right time for all things", Green said after the mass shooting, according to Newsweek. "Let us mourn. Let us heal".
Green said to reporters afterward that he had wanted to allow more time for his colleagues to review the resolution before it was voted on, and he suggested that the House floor staff had misled him about the timing of that vote.
Wearing an American flag-themed tie, Green initially declared that his impeachment bid would use a special "privilege" procedure that he could have invoked to force a vote. As Trump's presidency has worn on, many have called for his impeachment.
The rapper compared Trump's sins to those of President Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998 though not removed from office. Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY disclosed that he would not support a motion to impeach Trump unless there was concrete evidence that he had committed an impeachable offense. This time around Green had vowed to force a vote that would become the first formal referendum in Congress on impeaching the president.
"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. "I think it's too early".