A Democrat in Congress is calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Al Green (D-TX) suggested that Trump should be investigated last week, and even called Comey’s firing “impeachable” at the time. But today Green announced that Congress should impeach the president, without any reservations.
“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,” he said.
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Green laid out three bullet points for why impeachment proceedings should begin, of which all involved how Trump had handled removing Comey from heading the FBI.
- The President fired the F.B.I. Director overseeing a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in the President’s 2016 Election
- The President acknowledged he considered the investigation when he fired the F.B.I. Director.
- The President made the F.B.I. Director the subject of a threatening tweet — “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.”
“These acts, when combined, amount to intimidation and obstruction,” Green said.
It’s unlikely that the motion to impeach Trump will go anywhere at this time. Republicans control the House of Representatives, where impeachment proceedings occur. In the unlikely event that impeachment is successful, the Senate would then have to decide if the charges leveled against the president were valid, and two-thirds of members would have to vote for indictment of the president in order to remove him from office.
No president has ever been indicted. Two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have been impeached. Impeachment proceedings were started to consider removing Richard Nixon from office, but ended upon his resignation from office.