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Top 10 political donors during the 2016 election cycle via OpenSecrets

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A House Democrat introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

"Trump, president of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity and has brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity; has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the American people and is unfit to be president and is impeached pursuant to Article II, Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America", the Texas lawmaker said on the floor.

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.

If he had followed through, Green would have forced every Democrat in the House to put themselves on the record on impeachment.

Speaking on the floor of the House Wednesday morning, Green said Trump's rhetoric and actions have fueled "an alt-right hate machine" and harmed American society. Again, despite the recent clashes between Trump and the GOP, we're more likely to see Senate Republicans do the limbo on the steps of the Capitol Building than vote for impeachment.

"The public has been led to believe that a president must commit a crime to be impeached, which is not true", Green said.

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Some party strategists are also concerned that putting impeachment on the ballot in 2018 could backfire, because so many Democratic senators are seeking re-election in states Mr. Trump won.

Green's resolution covers four articles of impeachment.

That section declares that a US president 'shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors'. Only two U.S. presidents have ever been impeached by the House of Representatives, and both were later acquitted by the Senate.

Green filed a privileged resolution, meaning that the House of Representatives has to act on the measure within two legislative days. "Members don't want this vote". But when the House moved to consider the resolution about an hour later, Green did not show up and it was shelved as a result. Green called for a swift House vote on the matter but the resolution was not considered, making the articles of impeachment only symbolic (video below). 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.

"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. "He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office".

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