Al Green’s Call for Impeachment: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Al Green’s Call for Impeachment: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Representative Al Green (screenshot from Twitter)


On May 15, Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) put out a formal statement calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Here’s five facts you need to know about Green and various calls for Trump’s impeachment:


1. He Says Trump’s Firing of James Comey May Constitute Obstruction of Justice

When Trump fired FBI director James Comey on May 9, he and various administration officials offered conflicting accounts as to why. The White House initially issued a statement saying that “Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

But a couple days later, while being interviewed by NBC’s Lester Holt, Trump said “I was gonna fire him regardless of the recommendation,” and admitted he fired Comey due to Comey’s investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign: “And in fact when I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said, “You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”

So on May 15, Congressman Al Green released a statement on his website saying in part that:

A bedrock premise upon which respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms is “No one is above the law.”

President Trump is not above the law. 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 the obstruction of a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election. …

A bedrock premise upon which respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms is “No one is above the law.”

President Trump is not above the law. 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 the obstruction of a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election.


2. He’s the Second Congressman to Explicitly Call for Trump’s Impeachment

Green was not the first elected official to openly suggest Trump’s firing of Comey could be grounds for impeachment; last week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) also used the phrase “obstruction of justice” and recommended impeachment, over Trump’s firing of a man who was investigating him.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s show “All In,” Water said “This president needs to be impeached! I believe that.”

Though Green and Waters are so far the only two officials to explicitly call for Trump’s impeachment, other members of Congress have floated the possibility before this. Back in February, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) told BuzzFeed that if Trump told the US Customs and Border Protection Agency to ignore judicial orders blocking his controversial refugee ban, Congress should begin the process of formally censuring Trump, with impeachment as a possible end.

After Trump fired Comey, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin), said “We should maybe have an impeachment clock [regarding Trump]. And if we did, I think yesterday moved us about an hour closer to having that need.”

But Pocan and Castro have not called outright for impeachment, as Waters and Green have in the past week.


3. Al Green Is Currently Serving His Seventh Term in Congress

Green’s official biography says that his seventh term representing Texas’ 9th District in the House of representatives started when he took his oath on January 3, 2017.

Green was born in New Orleans, and attended Florida A&M University, Howard University, and the Tuskegee Institute, before receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1973. In 1977, he became a Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas, a position he held for 26 years. He has also spent 10 years as president of the Houston branch of the NAACP.

The list of legislation Green is currently sponsoring or co-sponsoring shows a generally liberal view of social issues. Also, after United Airlines overbooked a flight and had David Dao forcibly removed from it in April, Green issued a strongly worded statement saying in part that “The recent passenger-removal actions of United Airlines were an injustice. Regardless of a person’s background, ethnicity, religion, race, sexuality, creed or color, no one should be dragged from a plane. I believe the regulatory protocol for the removal of passengers when a flight is overbooked or sold out must be reviewed. United’s current policy is bad. It’s bad for the customer, bad for the employees, and bad for United Airlines. All persons should be protected from this type of forcible removal. If this can happen to any one of us without liability, it can happen to every one of us with impunity….”


4. Green Has Not Yet Introduced a Formal Resolution for Impeachment

Despite the explicit pro-impeachment language in his press statement, Green at this time has not yet introduced a formal impeachment resolution to the House of Representatives. On May 15, shortly after posting his statement, Green told Houston Public Media that he reserves the right to do so, but is waiting to see what action, if any, the House of representatives leadership is going to take.

Around the same time, staffers for Texas Republican congressmen Pete Olson and Kevin Brady told Houston Public Media that Olson and Brady do not support calls for Trump’s impeachment. Brady, who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, commented after Trump fired Comey only to say that Comey’s firing would not likely delay plans to push through various planned tax breaks.

Olson thus far has not made any public statements on the matter.


5. Support or Opposition for Impeachment Falls Along Partisan Lines

As of May 15, the general rule regarding opinions of Trump’s possible impeachment is “Those who consider impeachment a possibility tend to be Democrats, those who oppose impeachment tend to be Republicans.”

For example: Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, said on May 15 that “The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI director James Comey provide ample evidence that Trump engaged in an obstruction of justice – a major charge in impeachment proceedings brought against Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton.”

On the other hand, U.N. Ambassador and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley defended Trump’s firing of Comey on the grounds that “the president is the CEO of the country. He can hire or fire whoever he wants. That’s his right. Whether you agree with it or not, it’s the truth.”

In March, when Comey (still the FBI director) testified before the House Intelligence Committee about the FBI’s investigation into possible RUssian ties to the Trump campaign, he said in part that ” our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters, but in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so as Justice Department policies recognize. This is one of those circumstances. I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”

The Washington post published the transcript of Comey’s FBI testimony on March 20. That day, President Trump responded with such tweets as “What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?” “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” and “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!”

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Anonymous

lol, yet another racist piece of trash, al green, from the black congressional caucus…hey al, where exactly did that $300K money come from that you ‘forgot’ to report again?

When will you race pimping democrats say it’s OK to have a ‘white congressional caucus’? Or a ‘white chamber of commerce’?

Anonymous

@11:36 . . . Another typical Trumptard ad hominem due to an inability to engage in any intelligible, rational discourse. YAWN X 2.

Truth Hurts

…and you start with “trumptard”? Typical liberal Hypocite..

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