May 24, 2017
Articles Of Impeachment Are Being Drafted Against Trump, Texas Rep. Al Green Says

Representative Al Green (D-Texas), the Democrat who took to the floor of the House last week to call for President Trump's impeachment, has said he is moving forward with the process for impeaching the president. The Texas congressman said he is currently working with constitutional lawyers to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.

The Texas congressman's statement that he is preparing to commence the impeachment process against Trump comes after he appeared on the floor of the House of Representatives last week, calling for his colleagues to commence impeachment proceedings.

Green made the call to his colleagues in the House shortly after multiple media reports claimed that Trump had put pressure on the former FBI Director James Comey to stop FBI investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign his position after the revelation that he lied to the vice president and White House officials about his phone contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Soon after he made the call for impeachment proceedings against Trump, Green alleged that he received racially-charged threats to his life. He claimed that he was threatened with lynching after he called for Trump's impeachment.

Speaking with C-SPAN on Tuesday, he said he was not dissuaded by the threats and that he was moving forward with a plan to draft articles of impeachment against Trump, Newsweek reported.

"This is about my position. This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached."
He insisted that every member of Congress has the right to draft articles of impeachment and present them to the House for consideration. He said the draft document must be considered by the House within two days after it is presented.

"We will move forward, and as a matter of fact, I am currently crafting, drafting if you will, articles of impeachment."

Green insisted that Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing Comey while he was investigating Trump campaign's alleged improper ties to Russia. He said that Trump also incriminated himself when he took to Twitter to issue "intimidating language" against Comey after he fired him.

Trump had appeared to warn Comey against speaking to the media, threatening that he has tapes of their conversations. Trump also appeared to incriminate himself when he admitted in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt that he fired Comey because he was investigating his alleged ties to Russia.

"These acts, when combined, amount to intimidation and obstruction," Green said, according to the Independent. "If the president is not above the law he should be charged by way of impeachment by the US House of Representatives."

Green said he was working with constitutional lawyers to draft the articles of impeachment and that he was prepared to proceed alone to initiate the impeachment process if other House members refuse to act.

"Impeachment does not mean that the President would be found guilty. It simply means that the House of Representatives will bring charges against the President. It's similar to an indictment but not quite the same thing."
While Green is the first member of Congress to officially call for commencement of impeachment proceedings against Trump, several other Democrats, such as Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), have spoken openly about the possibility. But none have suggested initiating the process.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and other top Democratic senators, including Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Il.), have urged caution.

"No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office," Rep. Schiff said.

Schiff serves as the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence currently investigating Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

But more Democrats began talking seriously about the impeachment option after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and later admitted on air that he did so because he was investigating allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 general election.

But analysts have pointed out that the Democrats face an uphill task in any effort to impeach Trump because an impeachment would require a majority vote in the House and at least a two-thirds vote in the Senate. The Republicans currently control the House and the Senate and none has come forward to speak in favor of impeaching Trump.

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