May 18, 2017
Congressman Al Green Calls for the Impeachment of President Trump
May 15, 2017
Houston, TX (May 15, 2017) – Congressman Al Green (TX-9), released the following statement:
A bedrock premise upon which respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms is “No one is above the law.”
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.
President Trump has committed an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives. The act is the obstruction of a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election.
This charging, of the President, is known constitutionally as impeachment.
Impeachment, of the President, by the House of Representatives is not a finding of guilt. The House of Representatives cannot find the President guilty of anything. Only the U.S. Senate can do this after a trial.
Here are the acts committed by the President that, when combined, merit his being charged (impeached) for obstructing a lawful investigation:
· 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.
If the President is not above the law, he should be charged, by way of impeachment, by the U.S. House of Representatives. Whether he is guilty is a separate action for the U.S. Senate to decide. I have said on previous occasions, and do now say again, the President should be impeached. I also say that this can happen with a Republican-controlled House and Senate if the public weighs in by demanding that the Republican President be charged by way of impeachment.
SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
This information comes from history.house.gov
The House’s Role
“The House brings impeachment charges against federal officials as part of its oversight and investigatory responsibilities. Individual Members of the House can introduce impeachment resolutions like ordinary bills, or the House could initiate proceedings by passing a resolution authorizing an inquiry. The Committee on the Judiciary ordinarily has jurisdiction over impeachments, but special committees investigated charges before the Judiciary Committee was created in 1813. The committee then chooses whether to pursue articles of impeachment against the accused official and report them to the full House. If the articles are adopted (by simple majority vote), the House appoints Members by resolution to manage the ensuing Senate trial on its behalf. These managers act as prosecutors in the Senate and are usually members of the Judiciary Committee. The number of managers has varied across impeachment trials but has traditionally been an odd number. The partisan composition of managers has also varied depending on the nature of the impeachment, but the managers, by definition, always support the House’s impeachment action.”
UPDATE: Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), has joined Al Green in intending to file articles of impeachment against the President. This rush to judgement came a day before James Comey’s testimony before the Senate. Both are using the “obstruction of justice” excuse. Very doubtful this is going anywhere.
Let me just remind everyone that only two Presidents have successfully been impeached, Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, both were later acquitted at trials by the US Senate. Nixon resigned before impeachment resolutions could be reviewed by the full house.
We will keep supporting the values we hold dear, and keep up with prayers for our President Trump, he will be vindicated! It must be noted that not one republican on the house floor has voiced an opinion for impeachment.