The Houston Chronicle is reporting today that Houston Democrat Al Green, who was the first member of Congress to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump on the House floor, has just signed his name to an Impeachment resolution. Green reportedly joined a the effort to impeach the President started by California Democrat Brad Sherman.
The resolution accuses President Trump of obstructing justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey over an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “I don’t see this as a long shot or a sure shot,” Green told the Chronicle in an interview. “I see this as the right thing to do. I’ve always felt that if I’m doing the right thing, my conscience is clear, and I think history will vindicate me regardless of how the House votes.”
Sherman wrote in a statement that the article of impeachment in the Republican-led Congress is “the first step on a very long road.” So far, the only sponsors of the impeachment resolution are Sherman and Green. Thus far, Democrat Party leaders have distanced themselves from impeachment talk, fearing that it could be either premature or politically counterproductive.
However, there have been some members of the left-wing party that have called for Mr. Trumps impeachment almost since day one. That would include another Houston Democrat, Sheila Jackson Lee, who has called for the House Judiciary Committee to launch an impeachment inquiry, but has stopped short of calling for his impeachment. She has, called on Trump to resign on his own.
Previous calls by Green for Trump’s impeachment have been met with death threats by some citizens. Green said his motive is not political, leaving one to believe that if that is the case, it must be either personal or racist in nature. Green said, “This is not about the right or the left. It’s not about Democrats, it’s about democracy…” then hastily added: “It’s not about Republicans, it’s about the Republic.” Almost as if he suddenly remembered that we are a Constitutional Republic, not a mob ruled Democracy.
Green said that he and others in the House may eventually file additional impeachment resolutions, but that in any case he is committed to his course. “I don’t know what the vote will be if I bring this to the floor of the House,” he said. “But I can assure you of this: There will be one vote for impeachment, because I will vote for the resolution.” Proving at once that facts don’t matter to him only the objective of the Party.
Green said it was Comey’s firing, as well as Trump’s threatening admonitions to Comey on Twitter (something that President Trump had every legal right to do), that form the basis of the impeachment case against the president. “When you combine those things, you have an impeachable act, and for that the president has to answer to Congress,” he said.
And for this act of Sedition, Rep Green will have to answer to the citizens of the United States that elected Mr. Trump.