Democratic Congressman Calls For Trump’s Impeachment
Ever since President Trump won his election Democrats have been looking for a way to get him out of office. Right now the popular thing to harp on is his impeachment. Especially since the media reported the President asked former FBI Director James Comey to go easy on General Flynn while he was investigating him. One Congressman in particular had heated words for the President after all the recent turmoil.
Texas Democrat Al Green went on the House floor on Wednesday morning and called for the immediate impeachment of President Trump saying,
“It’s a position of conscience for me. This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The president must be impeached. I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice. We cannot allow this to go unchecked—the president is not above the law, it is time for the American people to weigh in. 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.”
Democratic leadership has said that it is too soon to call for an impeachment. Thus showing a divide within the Democratic party, but that didn’t stop Green from airing his opinions for the world to see. He is the first Democrat to do so on the House floor. Green argued that President Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey because of his investigation into the President and his ties to Russia.
The Hill reported that’s Green was calling for an impeachment as early as Monday asking his Democratic colleagues to adopt the mantra, “ITN: Impeach Trump Now.” Despite his latest public revelations Green had formerly said that he was going to wait to call for impeachment proceedings. Turns out he didn’t even take his own advice.
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After Green’s speech Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania said the following on the House floor,
“Members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president such as accusations that he committed an impeachable offense.”
House Intelligence Committee member Congressman Adam Schiff of California echoed similar sentiments when he said,
“No one should rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy for removing a president. We should undertake our constitutional obligation to take the evidence, follow the evidence. And if there’s another constitutional obligation that follows from that, there is. They’re allegations that were in a newspaper report, but they’re also allegations that are easily subject to proof.”
Since Democrats have not shown support yet in droves for impeaching the President the likelihood of this happening is not great. An impeachment requires a majority from the House of Representatives. Both Republicans and Democrats have not voiced support on the House floor for impeachment. Making Green’s calls tenuous.
Congressman Elijah Cummings said that they need to analyze the information that will be sent to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee first before making any decisions. He concluded that he doesn’t not know that it will lead to impeachment but that it might. However, he failed to say whether or not they would call for an impeachment.
All roads lead to the conclusion that an impeachment at this moment would be putting the cart before the horse. But that does not mean it is ruled out in the future.