Yikes. He means business.
On Monday, Representative Al Green (D-Texas) called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment following the unprecedented firing of former FBI Director James Comey last Tuesday.
Despite Trump’s actions showing he believes otherwise, Green maintains that he’s “not above the law” and has more than likely committed an offense that warrants impeachment, with his dismissal of Comey.
In a statement released Monday, Green asserted:
‘He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. To do otherwise would cause some Americans to lose respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms. President Trump has committed an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives. The act is obstruction of a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election.’
According to KHOU.com, a local Texas news station, Green cited three of Trump’s acts that warrant impeachment:
- The firing of Comey, the man in charge of overseeing an investigation to his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
- His acknowledging of the fact that he considered the aformentioned investigation when he decided to fire Comey.
- Finally, his Friday tweet threatening Comey when he wrote: “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Green went on to note that impeachment doesn’t necessarily mean Trump will be found guilty, as many seem to believe, but rather that it’s the process that will determine whether or not he’s guilty.
‘A good many people assume that impeachment means that the President will be found guilty. It does not. Impeachment is the genesis of the process. The revelation are likely to be revealed in the senate and that’s where the trial actually takes place.’
According to Paul Simpson, Chair of the Harris County Republican Party, initiating the process of impeachment isn’t necessary, because the American people already “weighed in” when they elected Trump last November.
‘The American people already “weighed in” last November by electing a Republican President and Congress. It’s understandable that Congressman Green has nothing better to do than waste time grandstanding with accusations about tweets since the American people have rejected his parties’ failed policies.’
Except for the fact that little of this was known prior to the election.
During a press conference last Wednesday, Green called for an investigation into Trump’s possible obstruction of justice. He told reporters:
‘We must have an investigation of the president of The United States, President Trump, for obstruction of justice. If it is concluded that the president has obstructed justice, then the president must be impeached. It doesn’t look right, it doesn’t smell right. It just reeks of some sort of obstruction. I believe these are serious charges. I believe the president has to be held accountable. I believe that he cannot be above the law.’
— Tom Abrahams (@TomAbrahams13) May 10, 2017
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