In the days since Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, calls for Trump’s impeachment have reached a crescendo. Trump claimed that he had fired Comey after receiving a letter from the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump was forced to change the reasons he gave for Comey’s sacking after Rosenstein contradicted Trump’s version of events. According to Think Progress, Rosenstein told Congress last week that he had been asked to recommend Comey’s dismissal after President Trump had already made the decision. Mr. Rosenstein has not yet revealed whether the order came from Trump or from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The manner of Comey’s dismissal just won’t go away, and CNN reports that President Trump’s account contradicts the versions of events outlined by Vice President Pence and by Trump’s press team. Whatever the real reason behind Trump’s dismissal of Comey, the president did tell NBC’s Lester Holt that he intended to fire Comey “regardless.”
“I was going to fire Comey — my decision. There is no good time to do it, by the way. I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.”
It has been widely reported that Comey refused to make a pledge of allegiance to Donald Trump when the president invited him to a private dinner at the White House. Trump is alleged to have asked Comey, three times, to pledge allegiance to him and Comey repeatedly refused. Many would argue that Trump’s decision to invite Comey to the White House was ill advised. How often do we expect to see the man responsible for an investigation of wrongdoing sitting down for dinner with a man who is central to that investigation?
Many will also argue that Trump fired Comey because of his insistence in continuing to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The New York Times reports that Trump even asked Comey to “overlook” any wrongdoing by Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.
There can be little doubt that the suggestions that Trump colluded with Russia to secure his election victory are hurting Trump’s approval ratings. According to Reuters, today sees Trump’s approval rating sinking to its lowest level yet; just 38 percent of Americans think that Trump is doing a good job.
The investigation into Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia is a major factor in Trump’s poll numbers, and the Independent claims that Trump’s impeachment is now inevitable. Politico reports that Republicans have already begun a whispering campaign to have Trump removed from office and replaced by Mike Pence. Of course, Trump isn’t just under fire from within his own party. Last week Congressman Al Green, a seven-term Democrat, told supporters that he was calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment. As a result, Congressman Green has been receiving voice messages threatening his life.
Congressman Al Green Receives Chilling Voice Message – ‘Impeach Trump And You Will Be Hanging From A Tree.’
Congressman Green demanded the impeachment of President Donald Trump on the House floor last week. Green accused Trump of “obstructing justice” when he fired James Comey.
“The president fired the FBI Director who was investigating him and said he did it because of the investigation.
“That’s pretty serious. That’s obstruction of justice. We believe no person is above the law, not even the President of the United States of America.”
Congressman Green is the first person to publicly call for Trump’s impeachment in the House, and it seems that Trump supporters are not impressed. According to the Houston Chronicle, Congressman Green has been receiving death threats since he spoke out against Trump.
Congressman Green played a tape of voice messages he had received, threatening to lynch him, to a town hall meeting on Saturday. One such message told Green that he would be “hanging from a tree” if he attempted to impeach Donald Trump.
“You ain’t going to impeach nobody. Try it and we will lynch all of you, you’ll be hanging from a tree.”
Sadly, that message was just one of many received by Congressman Green. Other messages, played to the town hall crowd included racial slurs, and Green was called “disgusting, scum, and pathetic.” Green insists that the hateful voice messages will not deter him from calling for Trump’s impeachment.
“We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe to be the right thing to do, and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump.”
Obviously, we will have to wait to find out whether Donald Trump will ever be impeached, but the calls seem to be growing louder. It seems that Congressman Al Green will continue to call for Trump’s impeachment, even in the face of chilling voice messages that threaten to lynch him.
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