WASHINGTON (WCMH) — A US Representative from Texas says he plans to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump today.
Al Green, D-Houston, made the announcement via Twitter Wednesday morning.
Green says his decision comes just days after Mr. Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, who was overseeing the FBI’s investigation to determine if the president’s election campaign had any Russian influence, NBC affliate KPRC-TV reports. Green said other acts by the president, including the president’s tweet that said “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press,” merit an impeachment charge.
“President Trump is not above the law,” said Green in a statement. “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.”
“Whether he is guilty is a separate action for the U.S. Senate to decide,” Green added.
While Green can call for the impeachment, the proposal would need to pass a simple majority vote from members of the GOP controlled House of Representatives.