The calls for the impeachment of President Trump began even before he officially took office in January. Now, a House Democrat is taking steps to make sure that it actually happens.
On Tuesday evening, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) revealed in a statement that he is planning to start drafting articles of impeachment on Wednesday.
He’s never been a fan of the president’s, but Green’s comments to the press suggested that the final straw for him was when Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in May.
‘The facts are simple and indisputable. The President fired the FBI Director because the Director was investigating the President’s campaign connections to Russian interference in the Presidential Election.’
‘This is obstruction of justice. This will continue to be obstruction of justice regardless of testimony given by Mr. James Comey. This will remain obstruction of justice regardless of the findings of any investigation. Obstruction of justice by the President is the problem. Impeachment by Congress is the solution.’
Green made his announcement the day before Comey is scheduled to testify before Congress about his communications with Trump regarding the investigation into his Russia ties.
Two senior House Democratic leadership aides told CNN that Green did not give anyone advance warning about his plans. However Green has, in the past, made his feelings on impeaching President Trump perfectly clear.
Last month, during an impassioned speech on the House floor, Green told his fellow congressmen and women:
‘This is about my position. This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached. For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President would be found guilty. It simply means that the House of Representatives will bring charges against the President. It’s similar to an indictment but not quite the same thing.’
Rep. Green may be comfortable calling for Trump’s impeachment, but some of his Democratic colleagues have a different opinion on the matter. On Monday, during an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was adamant about the need to have “data, evidence, [and] facts” before making such demands.
‘When that word comes up I always say to my colleagues in the Congress, my constituents, and people across the country what I said before: anything you do has to be based on data, evidence, facts. So you can speculate but it’s got to be the law and the facts and how they match up.’
There already seems to be quite a bit of data, evidence, and facts to support Green’s calls for impeachment, and additional information will likely be revealed during tomorrow’s hearing.
What’s more, with news dropping practically everyday about another Trump associate being connected to Russian officials, who knows what other supporting evidence will have been made public by the time Rep. Green actually introduces the articles of impeachment?
Watch Green’s first call for Trump to be impeached in the video below, available via YouTube.
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