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A leading advocate for the impeachment of Donald Trump spoke this week on the House floor to keep the impeachment option alive.
In his floor remarks, Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) called impeachment “a vote of conscience.”
Although a growing number of rank-and-file Democrats have embraced impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team have steadfastly refused to move forward that.
“This means that you vote based upon what your conscience dictates. There will be no instructions given to persons who will vote. Generally speaking, a jury would receive some sort of instructions indicating that you should make certain findings. No instructions. There will be no indication that you have to do this based upon clear and convincing evidence. That you have to find beyond a reasonable doubt that something occurred,” Green said. “That you should do it by a preponderance of the evidence. There is no standard that will be given to members as they cast their ballots. It is something that each member does and it is a vote of conscience. Now, the question can become whose conscience will it be?
“Because if you take another person’s recommendation and you vote based upon that recommendation, then you could conceivably vote another person’s conscience. I will vote my conscience,” Green added. “I will not be guided by what others think, who may be voting based upon political expediency. You can vote based upon political expediency if you so choose. I will vote based upon a moral imperative. A moral imperative.”