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Congressman Calls For Trump’s Impeachment On House Floor

by Leo Shvedsky

May 17, 2017

Sorry President Trump, but Al Green does not want to stay together.

“Each member of Congress has to make his or her own decision,” Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas said on the floor of the U.S. House, becoming the first federal lawmaker to formally demand Trump’s impeachment.

“This is where I stand. I will not be moved. The president must be impeached.”

Green said he was moved to call for impeachment after the unprecedented week of events in which Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and allegedly leaked classified military intelligence to Russian officials, along with the Senate appointing a special counsel to investigate Trump’s ties to collusion with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election.

“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,” Green said. “This offense has occurred before our very eyes … we are talking about a president who fired the FBI director who was investigating the president for his connections to Russian involvement in the president’s election.”

Green also pointed to a petition calling for Trump’s impeachment, which already has more than a million signatures and is continuing to gain momentum.

Now, one Democratic member of Congress calling for the president to be impeached isn’t going to set off some chain reaction all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (though with Donald Trump, you never know). And at the same time, at least one previously loyal Republican member of the House also mentioned impeachment, though in a much more reserved manner.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich, told The Hill that if it’s true Trump tried to pressure Comey into dropping an investigation against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, that it would amount to an impeachable offense, but quickly added, “But everybody gets a fair trial in this country.”

Still, even referencing a “fair trial” is a major escalation coming from Trump’s own party. And when pressed to choose sides between the president or the former FBI head, Amash didn’t hesitate.

“I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey,” he said.

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Congressman Calls For Trump’s Impeachment On House Floor