Texas Democrat plans to file for impeachment against Trump

Rep. Al Green of Texas is accusing Trump of obstruction of justice

By Matthew Rozsa
June 7, 2017 5:12PM (UTC)
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Al Green (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

A Democratic congressman isn't waiting until former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Thursday. He is drafting articles of impeachment, even if the leaders of his own party are reluctant to join him in doing so.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Rep. Al Green described Trump's alleged behavior as "obstruction of justice. This will continue to be obstruction of justice regardless of testimony given by Mr. James Comey. This will remain obstruction of justice regardless of the findings of any investigation."

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During a speech in May on the subject of Trump's possible impeachment, Green said that Trump "must be impeached."

While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi admitted earlier this week on ABC's "The View" that Trump's alleged conversation with former FBI Director James Comey regarding the Russia investigation may have been "obstruction of justice, flirting with it, in any event," she also insisted that discussions of impeachment would be premature.

"When that word comes up, I always say to my colleagues in the Congress, my constituents, and people across the country what I said before: Anything you do has to be based on data, evidence, facts," Pelosi said. "So you can speculate but it's got to be the law and the facts and how they match up."


Unlike Green, Pelosi seemed determined to approach Comey's impending testimony from a more cautious perspective.

"Let's all take a deep breath, let's just calm down as a country. This is a very serious matter," Pelosi said.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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