Rep. Green: There Will Be a Vote 'Before Christmas' on Trump Impeachment

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 7: Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, arrives for the House Democrats' caucus meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Democrats have been celebrating all day about their sweep of major races last night. And apparently, some of them have been hitting the hooch a little too hard.

Take Texas Rep. Al Green. Mr. Green rose on the House floor and delivered a speech about impeaching Donald Trump. Of course, he’s not the only Democrat to use the “I” word. But most Democrats are smart enough (or sober enough) to know that before a president can be impeached, there are definite constitutional protocols that need to be followed.

Green is either ignorant of how a president is removed from office, or, in a celebratory(and) inebriated state, doesn’t care. Whatever the reason, Green got carried away in the moment and predicted that Trump would be impeached “before Christmas.”

There will be a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Speaker, on the impeachment of the president. Mr. Speaker, this vote will take place before Christmas because there still is a need for the public to weigh in. I announced earlier this year, I called for the impeachment of the president right here on the floor of the House.

Since that time, I’ve read articles of impeachment. These articles of impeachment have been circulated and we’re giving people an opportunity to respond. Momentum is building, Mr. Speaker. The momentum is building. More people favor impeachment than not. Momentum is building. People should weigh in, they should let others know how they feel about impeach.

They should let others know how they feel about the chief inciter of all these ugly actions by way of persons responding to the chief inciter. So Mr. Speaker, today I am proud to say this vote will take place. But I’m also proud to say something else. I’m proud to say that I’m an American. And while I have been told that there are political consequences for what I will do, I accept the consequences.

I accept the consequences because I was not born in Congress. I wasn’t born to be a congressman. I’m a child of God. And I refuse to come to Congress and acquiesce to bigotry and hatred. So Mr. Speaker, I’m proud to announce that this vote will take place and people will be able to vote to table the articles of impeachment. They’ll be able to vote to reject them or support them, or they’ll be able to vote to send them to a committee.

To impeach Trump, the House Judiciary Committee would have to hold hearings and gather evidence. Since Republicans currently control Congress, the chances of the Judiciary Committee meeting for that purpose are nil. That’s because, as it stands now, there is no “evidence” to gather.

The Judiciary Committee would likely sit for months — long past Christmas anyway. And since there is zero chance that Republicans would vote to impeach with no evidence (even some Democrats may balk at that), Mr. Green’s alcohol-fueled dream of removing Trump before Christmas will die.

But it’s entertaining to watch.