RAISING A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE
(House of Representatives - December 06, 2017)

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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 199 (Wednesday, December 6, 2017)]
[Pages H9682-H9683]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




           RAISING A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE

  Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege 
of the House and offer the resolution that was previously noticed.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Clerk will report the resolution.
  The Clerk read as follows:

                               Resolution

     Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, 
                                             of high misdemeanors.
       Resolved, That Donald John Trump, President of the United 
     States is unfit to be President and is impeached for high 
     misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment 
     be exhibited to the Senate:
        Articles of Impeachment exhibited by the House of 
     Representatives of the United States, in the name of itself 
     and of the people of the United States, against Donald John 
     Trump, President of the United States, in maintenance and 
     support of its impeachment against him for high misdemeanors 
     committed as President constituting harm to American society 
     to the manifest injury of the people of the United States:


                               article i 

       In his capacity as President of the United States, 
     unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the 
     dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and 
     courtesies necessary for stability within the society of the 
     United States, Donald John Trump has with his statements done 
     more than insult individuals and groups of Americans, he has 
     harmed the society of the United States, brought shame and 
     dishonor to the office of President of the United States, 
     sowing discord among the people of the United States by 
     associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with 
     causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-
     Semitism, white nationalism, or neo-Nazism on one or more of 
     the following occasions:
       On August 15, 2017, Donald John Trump made a widely 
     published statement characterizing a group of anti-Semites, 
     bigots, racists, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klansmen who 
     rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, as ``very fine 
     people''.
       On August 7, 2017, hate groups returned to Charlottesville, 
     Virginia, at the statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate 
     general, chanting ``You will not replace us!'' Since this 
     event on October 7, the President has made many widely 
     published statements about many things including, the 
     National Football League, but has not made one widely 
     published statement condemning the hate groups for returning 
     to the place where an innocent person lost her life at the 
     hands of hate.
       On November 29, 2017, Donald John Trump shared 3 videos 
     posted by a leader of a British political party considered by 
     many to be an extremist group. The videos purported to show 
     various violent acts committed by Muslims, and were entitled: 
     ``Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!''; ``Muslim 
     Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!''; and ``Islamist mob 
     pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!''. The 
     clearly inferable intent of the post was to demonstrate the 
     alleged propensity of Muslim immigrants to engage in violent 
     acts. Even if the videos showed what they purport to show, in 
     sharing these videos with his 43,800,000 followers on 
     Twitter, Donald John Trump's dissemination of such material 
     evinces an invidious intent to create division within 
     American society.
       In all of this, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, by 
     his statements, unmindful of the high duties of his high 
     office and the dignities and proprieties thereof, and of the 
     harmony, respect, and courtesies necessary for stability 
     within the society of the United States, has undermined the 
     integrity of his office, has sown discord among the people of 
     the United States, has brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule 
     and disgrace on the Presidency, has acted in a manner 
     antithetical to the cause of a just society, has betrayed his 
     trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of 
     the United States, and committed a high misdemeanor in 
     office.
       Therefore, Donald John Trump by causing such harm to the 
     society of the United States is unfit to be President and 
     warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office.


                              article ii 

       In his capacity as President of the United States, 
     unmindful of the high duties of his high office, of the 
     dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, and 
     respect necessary for stability within the society of the 
     United States, Donald John Trump has with his statements done 
     more than simply insult individuals and groups of Americans, 
     he has harmed the American society by publicly casting 
     contempt on individuals and groups, inciting hate and 
     hostility, sowing discord among the people of the United 
     States, on the basis of race, national origin, religion, 
     gender and sexual orientation, on one or more of the 
     following occasions:
       On January 27, 2017, Donald John Trump issued Executive 
     Order 13769 providing for a partial shutdown of immigration 
     from mainly Muslim countries, to fulfill a campaign promise 
     that read as follows: ``DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON 
     PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION (New York, NY) December 7th, 
     2015--Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete 
     shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our 
     country's representatives can figure out what's going on'', 
     thereby casting contempt upon Muslims, inciting hate and 
     hostility, and sowing discord among the people of the United 
     States on the basis of religion.
       On July 26, 2017, Donald John Trump made a public statement 
     substantially as follows: ``After consultation with my 
     Generals and military experts, please be advised that the 
     United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender 
     individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. 
     Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming 
     victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical 
     costs and disruption that transgender in the military would 
     entail'', and thereby casting contempt on transgender 
     individuals, inciting hate and hostility, and sowing discord 
     among the people of the United States on the basis of gender.
       On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump made a public 
     statement substantially as follows: ``Wouldn't you love to 
     see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our 
     flag, to say, `Get that son of a B-I-T-C-H off the field 
     right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!' '' thereby casting 
     contempt on professional football players who engaged in 
     constitutionally protected protests pertaining to allegations 
     of police misconduct with regard to racial minorities, as 
     well as casting contempt on the professional players' mothers 
     by calling the mothers ``B-I-T-C-H-E-S'', effectively calling 
     these mothers dogs, thereby inciting hate and hostility, and 
     sowing discord among the people of the United States on the 
     basis of race and gender.
       On September 30, 2017, Donald John Trump made a public 
     statement substantially as follows: ``They want everything to 
     be done for them when it should be a community effort'', in 
     the aftermath of Hurricane Maria thereby casting contempt on 
     Puerto Rican citizens of the United States, inciting hate and 
     hostility, and sowing discord among the people of the United 
     States based on national origin and race.
       On October 3, 2017, Donald John Trump made a public 
     statement substantially as follows: ``I hate to tell you, 
     Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of 
     whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, that's 
     fine, we've saved a lot of lives'', but Donald John Trump did 
     not make similar comments about Texas or Florida in the 
     aftermath of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, treating the 
     Puerto Rican citizens of the United States disparately, 
     thereby casting contempt on Puerto Ricans, inciting hate and 
     hostility, and sowing discord among the people of the United 
     States based on national origin and race.
       On October 19, 2017, Donald John Trump made a public 
     statement substantially as follows: ``The Fake News is going 
     crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson (D), who was SECRETLY 
     on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!'', 
     thereby casting contempt on an African-American Member of 
     Congress, inciting hate and hostility, and sowing discord 
     among the people of the United States based on gender and 
     race.
       On October 21, 2017, Donald John Trump made a public 
     statement substantially as follows: ``I hope the Fake News 
     Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that 
     she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!'' 
     thereby casting contempt on an African-American female Member 
     of Congress, inciting hate and hostility, and sowing discord 
     among the people of the United States based on gender and 
     race.
       On October 22, 2017, Donald John Trump made a public 
     statement substantially as follows: ``Wacky Congresswoman 
     Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican 
     Party, a disaster for Dems. You watch her in action & vote 
     R!'' thereby casting contempt on an African-American female 
     Member of Congress inciting hate and hostility, and sowing 
     discord among the people of the United States based on gender 
     and race.
       In all of this, the aforementioned Donald John Trump has, 
     by his statements, brought the high office of President of 
     the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace and 
     disrepute, has sown discord among the people of the United 
     States, has demonstrated that he is unfit to be President and 
     has betrayed his trust as President of the United States to 
     the manifest injury of the people of the United States, and 
     has committed a high misdemeanor in office.
       Therefore, Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the 
     society of the United States, is unfit to be President, 
     warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office.

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The resolution qualifies.


                            Motion to Table

  Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I move to lay the resolution on the table.

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the 
gentleman from California.
  The question was taken; and the Speaker pro tempore announced that 
the ayes appeared to have it.
  Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and 
nays.
  The yeas and nays were ordered.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to clause 8 of rule XX, this 15-
minute vote on laying the resolution on the table will be followed by 
5-minute votes on:
  Ordering the previous question on House Resolution 645;
  Adopting House Resolution 645, if ordered; and
  Suspending the rules and passing S. 1266.
  The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--yeas 364, 
nays 58, answered ``present'' 4, not voting 6, as follows:

                             [Roll No. 658]

                               YEAS--364

     Abraham
     Aderholt
     Aguilar
     Allen
     Amash
     Amodei
     Arrington
     Babin
     Bacon
     Banks (IN)
     Barletta
     Barr
     Barton
     Bera
     Bergman
     Beyer
     Biggs
     Bilirakis
     Bishop (GA)
     Bishop (MI)
     Bishop (UT)
     Black
     Blackburn
     Blum
     Blumenauer
     Blunt Rochester
     Bonamici
     Bost
     Boyle, Brendan F.
     Brady (TX)
     Brat
     Brooks (AL)
     Brooks (IN)
     Brown (MD)
     Buchanan
     Buck
     Bucshon
     Budd
     Burgess
     Bustos
     Butterfield
     Byrne
     Calvert
     Carbajal
     Cardenas
     Carson (IN)
     Carter (GA)
     Carter (TX)
     Cartwright
     Castor (FL)
     Chabot
     Cheney
     Chu, Judy
     Cicilline
     Cleaver
     Coffman
     Cole
     Collins (GA)
     Collins (NY)
     Comer
     Comstock
     Conaway
     Connolly
     Cook
     Cooper
     Correa
     Costa
     Costello (PA)
     Courtney
     Cramer
     Crawford
     Crist
     Crowley
     Cuellar
     Culberson
     Cummings
     Curbelo (FL)
     Curtis
     Davidson
     Davis (CA)
     Davis, Rodney
     DeFazio
     DeGette
     Delaney
     DeLauro
     DelBene
     Demings
     Denham
     Dent
     DeSantis
     DesJarlais
     Deutch
     Diaz-Balart
     Dingell
     Donovan
     Doyle, Michael F.
     Duffy
     Duncan (SC)
     Duncan (TN)
     Dunn
     Emmer
     Eshoo
     Estes (KS)
     Esty (CT)
     Farenthold
     Faso
     Ferguson
     Fitzpatrick
     Fleischmann
     Flores
     Fortenberry
     Foster
     Foxx
     Franks (AZ)
     Frelinghuysen
     Gabbard
     Gaetz
     Gallagher
     Gallego
     Garamendi
     Garrett
     Gianforte
     Gibbs
     Gohmert
     Gonzalez (TX)
     Goodlatte
     Gosar
     Gottheimer
     Gowdy
     Granger
     Graves (GA)
     Graves (LA)
     Graves (MO)
     Green, Gene
     Griffith
     Grothman
     Guthrie
     Hanabusa
     Handel
     Harper
     Harris
     Hartzler
     Heck
     Hensarling
     Herrera Beutler
     Hice, Jody B.
     Higgins (LA)
     Hill
     Himes
     Holding
     Hollingsworth
     Hoyer
     Hudson
     Huizenga
     Hultgren
     Hunter
     Hurd
     Issa
     Jeffries
     Jenkins (KS)
     Jenkins (WV)
     Johnson (GA)
     Johnson (LA)
     Johnson (OH)
     Johnson, E. B.
     Johnson, Sam
     Jones
     Jordan
     Joyce (OH)
     Kaptur
     Katko
     Keating
     Kelly (MS)
     Kelly (PA)
     Khanna
     Kihuen
     Kildee
     Kilmer
     Kind
     King (IA)
     King (NY)
     Kinzinger
     Knight
     Krishnamoorthi
     Kuster (NH)
     Kustoff (TN)
     Labrador
     LaHood
     LaMalfa
     Lamborn
     Lance
     Langevin
     Larsen (WA)
     Larson (CT)
     Latta
     Lawson (FL)
     Levin
     Lewis (MN)
     Lipinski
     LoBiondo
     Loebsack
     Lofgren
     Long
     Loudermilk
     Love
     Lowenthal
     Lowey
     Lucas
     Luetkemeyer
     Lujan Grisham, M.
     Lujan, Ben Ray
     Lynch
     MacArthur
     Maloney, Carolyn B.
     Maloney, Sean
     Marchant
     Marino
     Marshall
     Massie
     Mast
     Matsui
     McCarthy
     McCaul
     McClintock
     McEachin
     McHenry
     McKinley
     McMorris Rodgers
     McSally
     Meadows
     Meehan
     Meeks
     Meng
     Messer
     Mitchell
     Moolenaar
     Mooney (WV)
     Mullin
     Murphy (FL)
     Nadler
     Neal
     Newhouse
     Noem
     Nolan
     Norman
     Nunes
     O'Halleran
     O'Rourke
     Olson
     Palazzo
     Palmer
     Panetta
     Paulsen
     Pearce
     Pelosi
     Perlmutter
     Perry
     Peters
     Peterson
     Pittenger
     Poe (TX)
     Poliquin
     Posey
     Price (NC)
     Quigley
     Ratcliffe
     Reed
     Reichert
     Renacci
     Rice (NY)
     Rice (SC)
     Roby
     Roe (TN)
     Rogers (AL)
     Rogers (KY)
     Rohrabacher
     Rokita
     Rooney, Francis
     Rooney, Thomas J.
     Ros-Lehtinen
     Rosen
     Roskam
     Ross
     Rothfus
     Rouzer
     Roybal-Allard
     Royce (CA)
     Ruiz
     Ruppersberger
     Russell
     Rutherford
     Ryan (OH)
     Sanchez
     Sanford
     Sarbanes
     Scalise
     Schiff
     Schneider
     Schrader
     Schweikert
     Scott (VA)
     Scott, Austin
     Scott, David
     Sensenbrenner
     Serrano
     Sessions
     Shimkus
     Shuster
     Simpson
     Sinema
     Sires
     Smith (MO)
     Smith (NE)
     Smith (NJ)
     Smith (TX)
     Smith (WA)
     Smucker
     Soto
     Speier
     Stefanik
     Stewart
     Stivers
     Suozzi
     Swalwell (CA)
     Takano
     Taylor
     Tenney
     Thompson (CA)
     Thompson (PA)
     Thornberry
     Tiberi
     Tipton
     Tonko
     Torres
     Trott
     Tsongas
     Turner
     Upton
     Valadao
     Velazquez
     Visclosky
     Wagner
     Walberg
     Walden
     Walker
     Walorski
     Walters, Mimi
     Wasserman Schultz
     Weber (TX)
     Webster (FL)
     Welch
     Wenstrup
     Westerman
     Williams
     Wilson (SC)
     Wittman
     Womack
     Woodall
     Yarmuth
     Yoder
     Yoho
     Young (AK)
     Young (IA)
     Zeldin

                                NAYS--58

     Adams
     Barragan
     Bass
     Beatty
     Brady (PA)
     Capuano
     Clark (MA)
     Clarke (NY)
     Clay
     Clyburn
     Cohen
     Davis, Danny
     DeSaulnier
     Doggett
     Ellison
     Engel
     Espaillat
     Evans
     Frankel (FL)
     Fudge
     Gomez
     Green, Al
     Grijalva
     Hastings
     Higgins (NY)
     Huffman
     Jackson Lee
     Jayapal
     Kelly (IL)
     Lawrence
     Lee
     Lewis (GA)
     Lieu, Ted
     McCollum
     McGovern
     McNerney
     Moore
     Moulton
     Napolitano
     Norcross
     Pallone
     Pascrell
     Pingree
     Polis
     Raskin
     Richmond
     Rush
     Schakowsky
     Sherman
     Slaughter
     Thompson (MS)
     Titus
     Vargas
     Vela
     Walz
     Waters, Maxine
     Watson Coleman
     Wilson (FL)

                        ANSWERED ``PRESENT''--4

     Castro (TX)
     Sewell (AL)
     Shea-Porter
     Veasey
       
       

                             NOT VOTING--6

     Bridenstine
     Brownley (CA)
     Gutierrez
     Kennedy
     Payne
     Pocan

                              {time}  1409

  Mses. McCOLLUM and SCHAKOWSKY changed their vote from ``yea'' to 
``nay.''
  Mr. SCALISE changed his vote from ``nay'' to ``yea.''
  Ms. SEWELL of Alabama changed her vote from ``yea'' to ``present.''
  Ms. SHEA-PORTER changed her voted from ``nay'' to ``present.''
  So the motion to table was agreed to.
  The result of the vote was announced as above recorded.
  A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

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