Al Green puts impeachment back on the table, citing Trump's incendiary remarks

Poll: Majority don't want Dems to impeach Trump if they retake House

Houston congressman vows to renew impeachment efforts against Trump

Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenThe almost 60 Dems who voted for impeachment House rejects Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump Dem plans to force House floor vote on impeaching Trump MORE (D-Tenn.), introduced articles of impeachment against the president in November, but the effort has yet to gain support from Democratic leadership.

Despite a widening partisan divide in Congress, Green's original impeachment effort, citing "bigotry, hatred and hostility from the president", was strongly opposed by House Democratic leaders, who considered it premature and potentially counterproductive.

"This is related to his statements about Africa, the ugly language that he used, his language as it relates to people in Haiti", Green said. "In Congress, talk is cheap-it's how we vote that counts".

Nevertheless, the vote put some rank-and-file Democrats on the spot, caught between antipathy for the president and a desire to see multiple investigations of Trump's alleged Russian Federation ties - which could form a legal basis for impeachment - run their course. House lawmakers effectively killed Green's effort, voting 364-58 to sideline the measure.

His last attempt, in December, was overwhelmingly voted down, with many Democrats reluctantly joining Republicans in a vote to table his resolution.

"I love my country", Green wrote in a letter to his colleagues Tuesday. He said he will not lobby for votes, and that every representative will have to vote their conscience.

A Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday found that just over half of Americans, 51 percent, say Democrats should not begin impeachment proceedings if they win the House, while 45 percent say the party should move to impeach Trump if they win in November.

Trump's rhetoric, while not criminal, still "divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice can not", Green wrote in his letter.

"We have a president who is a bigot", Green said.

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