Representative Al Green (D-TX), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is getting articles of impeachment locked and loaded. He will soon launch an official challenge to impeach President Trump. These prepared articles have almost no chance of seeing the light of day in a House chamber that is controlled by Republicans who have previously rallied around the president in the midst of several investigations into ties between Russia and members of Trump’s inner circle. However, depending upon what happens on Thursday during the James Comey testimony that could change. But Rep. Green’s call for impeachment will at the least serve to energize his party’s base.
Green’s focus has been on Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the Russian investigation and potential meddling in the 2016 election. It is also a concern of Green’s that Trump reportedly pressured Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn who was serving as Trump’s national security adviser. Flynn was fired after lying about his conversation with a Russian ambassador. The firing of Comey triggered accusations that Trump may have obstructed an ongoing Justice Department investigation, which is an impeachable offense from Green’s perspective.
“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.”
This scenario will be at the forefront of questioning as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Wednesday and James Comey testifies on Thursday of this week. Rosenstein was critical of Comey and had a part in his firing.
Rep. Green has scheduled a briefing for Wednesday afternoon, it may become clear then whether or not he will officially introduce the articles of impeachment he has prepared and whether or not he will have any co-sponsors. Green’s challenge comes as other Democrats seem to be less intense regarding the Russia-Trump controversy. It seems that some leaders within the Democratic party are concerned about over-playing their hand as they look to what will be crucial elections in 2018.
“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. “That’s what [an] investigation will reveal to us.”
Green believes that Trump has already sealed his fate and is demanding immediate congressional intervention. “This will remain obstruction of justice regardless of the findings of any investigation,” he said. “Obstruction of justice by the President is the problem,” he added. “Impeachment by Congress is the solution.”
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Credit: The Hill