A House Democrat will soon launch an official attempt to impeach President Trump.
Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), said Tuesday he is drafting the articles of impeachment that mark the first official step in any congressional bid to remove a sitting president despite what he says have been multiple death threats.
Green maintains that Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the administration’s probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections, constituted obstruction of justice. Trump had also reportedly pressured Mr. Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
“The facts are simple and indisputable. 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 Tuesday evening in a statement. “This is obstruction of justice.”
The Hill added:
“The articles have little chance of seeing the light of day in a House chamber controlled by Republicans, who have rallied behind Trump amid multiple investigations into ties between Russia and members of the president’s inner circle. But Green’s gambit highlights the growing apprehension many Democrats have towards the president, and it’s sure to energize a liberal base that’s sounded the impeachment alarm with increasing volume as the Russia saga has evolved.
Comey’s firing brought accusations, primarily from Democrats, that Trump may have obstructed an ongoing Justice Department investigation — an impeachable offense, in the eyes of Green.”
Green’s effort comes even as Democratic leaders are treading much more lightly in their approach to the Russia-Trump saga.
“What I’ve said to members [is] the only thing that matters are the facts — the facts and the law,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day” program when asked about impeachment. “That’s what [an] investigation will reveal to us.”
Green has rejected that argument, contending that Trump’s actions have already risen to a level demanding congressional intervention.
“This will remain obstruction of justice regardless of the findings of any investigation,” he said.