Rep Al Green to Draft Impeachment Articles


FILE - In this March 10, 2011 file photo, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Minorities _ Hispanics, women, blacks, Asians _ stand as the majority among House Democrats, giving them considerable clout in pushing for the most massive rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws in a generation. As the immigration fight shifted to the House, rank-and-file Democrats delivered a simple message to their party leader on Friday: If Republicans who call the shots make good on their promise to bring up single-issue legislation, we’ll only go along if it gets us to negotiations with the Senate. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Rep. Al Green, (D-TX), said Tuesday he plans to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday despite what he says have been multiple death threats. Green has maintained that Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9 constituted obstruction of justice.

“The facts are simple and indisputable,” Green said Tuesday in a statement. “The president fired the FBI director because the director was investigating the president’s campaign connections to Russian interference in the presidential election.”

Green said Comey’s anticipated congressional testimony on Thursday is immaterial — the president’s behavior, not Comey’s, is the issue.

“This will remain obstruction of justice regardless of the findings of any investigation,” he said. Green, whose district includes most of southwestern Houston, has been among the leading voices calling for Trump’s impeachment since he proposed it in a fiery floor speech on May 15.

“I am a voice in the wilderness, but I assure that history will vindicate me,” he said.

Two days later, Green told MSNBC: “This is not about the president firing someone else. This is about the president firing the director of the FBI.” He added: “This is not something I take lightly.”

Since then, Green has said he has received messages from people saying that “they would lynch me, and I take that to mean murder me.” Numerous other Democrats have held out the prospect that they could support impeachment if obstruction is proved. But by and large, they have avoided what has come to be known as “the I-word.”

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