EXCLUSIVE: “Impeach Trump Now!” Congressman Al Green Calls for Impeachment of President Trump
In Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, it states:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
In the history of this country, there have only been a total of three Presidential impeachment proceedings. In 1868, President Andrew Johnson had impeachment proceedings brought against him because he removed the Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in violation of the Tenure of Office. In 1974, President Richard Nixon had impeachment proceedings brought against him because of the Watergate cover-up, which was 106 years after President Johnson. In 1998, President William “Bill” Clinton had impeachment proceedings brought against him for concealing the details of an extramarital affair, which was 24 years after President Nixon.
Fast forward, 19 years later, and one U.S. Representative from Texas has boldly called for the impeachment of the 45th President of the United States – President Donald J. Trump.
This past Monday, May 15th, U.S. Congressman Al Green, who represents the 9th Congressional District of Houston, held a press conference where he called for the impeachment of President Trump, stating that “no one is above the law,” especially the President of the United States.
In an exclusive interview with the Forward Times, Rep. Green shares his reasoning for calling for the impeachment of President Trump and his views on the state of our country.
“President Trump is not above the law, yet he has no boundaries,” said Rep. Green. “He (Trump) has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. I assure you that if the same circumstances existed, and if these allegations were made against former President Barack Obama, there’s no question in my mind that the same people who are in charge of the House and Senate at this moment would’ve impeached President Obama for the same behavior that President Trump is exhibiting. To do otherwise would cause some Americans to lose respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms.”
Rep. Green believes that President Trump should be charged, or impeached, by the U.S. House of Representatives for obstructing a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election. Rep. Green points to the following acts committed by President Trump that, when combined, warrant him being impeached:
- 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.”
Rep. Green believes his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, regardless of political affiliation, should show President Trump that he is not above the law by moving forward with impeachment proceedings.
He also believes President Trump should stop telling blatant lies, while providing no proof, and stop using bullying tactics to intimidate members of the U.S. House.
“This President has used his intimidation tactics on members of the House by threatening to campaign against them, as well as many other bully-style methods,” said Rep. Green. “Any President who can falsely accuse a former president of committing a criminal act without having any proof whatsoever, and then not be held accountable for it, is a person who believes he is above the law. President Trump will say anything and has never had to worry about the consequences, because he’s been able to say just about anything most of his life with absolutely no impunity. My colleagues and I have to stand up to this type of behavior and show President Trump and others like him that no one is above the law. As a unified country, our mantra should be ‘I.T.N.-Impeach Trump Now’.”
Rep. Green also states that whether President Trump is guilty is a separate action that the U.S. Senate has to decide. Rep. Green believes that impeaching President Trump can happen, even with having a Republican-controlled House and Senate in control, if the American people weigh in by demanding that President Trump be charged by way of impeachment.
Rep. Green is not alone when it comes to the belief that President Trump should be impeached.
A recent survey done by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that 48 percent of registered voters support impeaching President Trump, while 41 percent oppose the idea.
The survey by PPP also showed that the majority of voters had ‘buyer’s remorse’, as 49 percent of voters wished that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was president, versus 41 percent who would rather have Trump. And by an even greater margin, 55 percent of those surveyed wish that President Obama was still in office, versus 39 percent preferred Trump.
The PPP survey polled 692 registered voters from May 12 through May 14, both over the phone and online.
Every day there are several new revelations and controversies coming out of the White House, and the Forward Times will continue to follow the developments surrounding this call for impeachment, as well as all of the other issues surrounding this administration as they continue to develop.