The Latest: Dem leaders say impeachment effort premature

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Rep. Al Green and call for impeachment of President Donald Trump (all times local):

1:16 p.m.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer say "now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment."

The two have issued a joint statement responding to Democratic Rep. Al Green's resolution read on the House floor Wednesday that calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump based on the assertion that he has associated his presidency with causes rooted in bigotry and racism.

Pelosi and Hoyer say Congress faces a vast set of urgent overdue priorities and that Democrats are focused on "protecting American families" in the coming tax debate and vote.

They say legitimate questions have been raised about Trump's fitness to lead the nation, but say congressional investigations and a special counsel investigation should be allowed to continue.


12:37 p.m.

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, has submitted a resolution on the House floor calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he has committed "high misdemeanors" while in office.

The longshot effort is expected to lose and is opposed by Democratic leaders who consider the effort premature.

The resolution offered by Green states that Trump has sown discord among the people of the U.S. based on national origin and race. Green argues that Trump has committed a high misdeed and is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office.

Green's effort is also certain to be opposed by all Republicans.

Green's impeachment articles cite incidents including Trump's defense of protesters after a rally of white supremacists at this year's riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.


12:18 p.m.

Democratic lawmakers are wary about a liberal colleague's push for a House vote on impeaching President Donald Trump, saying it's premature until special counsel Robert Mueller's team has completed its investigation into Russian election meddling.

Texas Rep. Al Green says he will present articles of impeachment Wednesday under a rule requiring the House to vote on the issue within two days.

Green's new eight-page resolution accuses the Republican president of "high misdemeanors," citing "harm to American society to the manifest injury of the people of the United States."

The effort is certain to lose.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan says Democratic lawmakers can't let themselves be drawn into a process "that's not thoughtful or complete or might not even be the conclusion we ought to draw."