“I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice.” – Rep. Al Green
He is the first member of Congress that has called for impeachment of Donald Trump on the House floor.
Per Mahita Gajanan, Time Magazine (051717), Green’s call for impeachment follows a New York Times report that Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey—who he fired last week—to stop investigating Michael Flynn, the administration’s former National Security Adviser. According to the Times, Comey wrote a memo after meeting with Trump the day after Flynn resigned, following revelations that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations regarding sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Comey wrote in the memo that Trump asked him to “let this go” regarding Flynn, according to the Times.
Talk of impeachment has swirled since the report of Comey’s memo broke. Green said Trump should be impeached “for obstructing a lawful investigation” of his presidential campaign’s ties to Russia in a release.
Green said the combined acts of Trump firing Comey, linking the firing to the Russia probe and later threatening Comey via Twitter constituted “intimidation and obstruction.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, in an article written by Kevin Diaz (051717), While some Republicans have expressed concerns about Trump’s response to allegations of collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government, his party has so far defended him.
Green acknowledged that his impeachment call might seem a long shot. “I am a voice in the wilderness,” he said. “But I assure you that history will vindicate me.”