On the House floor Wednesday, Democrat Al Green called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump for obstruction of Justice.
Al Green’s Speech
In a speech in Washington on Wednesday, Rep. Al Green said “I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America for obstruction of justice.”
He said: “I do it because, Mr. Speaker, there is a belief in this country that no one is above the law. And that includes the president of the United States of America. Mr. Speaker, our democracy is at risk.”
He argued that an impeachment does not mean that the president will be found guilty, but that he will be charged or “indited” by the House of Representatives, and then the Senate will have a trial to determine his guilt.
Trump’s Obstruction of Justice?
Trump has been in trouble for many of his actions during his first few months of presidency, including his recent firing of the FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating Trump’s campaign and its possible ties to Russian officials who may have helped him win the election. Trump is also in trouble since news reports claimed that he had shared highly classified military information regarding ISIS with Russian officials during a meeting at the Oval Office last week. There have also been circulating rumors that Trump asked Comey to stop investigating him and his administration.
None of these claims have been proven to be true, and therefore should not be regarded as facts. However, lawmakers in both the Republican and the Democratic party agreed that if they are proven true, it is grounds for obstruction of justice and therefore grounds for impeachment.
Al Green said the process has to start.
Responses to his Speech
A lawmaker on the House floor warned: “Members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president, such as accusations that he committed an impeachable offense.”