Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Green joined a longshot bid initiated by California Democrat Brad Sherman which accuses Trump of obstructing justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey over an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“I don’t see this as a long shot or a sure shot,” Green told the Chronicle in an interview. “I see this as the right thing to do. I’ve always felt that if I’m doing the right thing, my conscience is clear, and I think history will vindicate me regardless of how the House votes.”
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Sherman said in a statement that the article of impeachment in a Republican-led Congress is “the first step on a very long road.”
So far, the only sponsors of the impeachment resolution are Sherman and Green. Democratic leaders generally have distanced themselves from impeachment talk, fearing that it could be either premature or politically counterproductive.
Houston Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee has called for the House Judiciary Committee to launch an impeachment inquiry, but has stopped short so far of calling for impeachment. Separately, she also has called on Trump to resign on his own.
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Green’s prior calls for Trump’s impeachment were met with racist death threats. Green said his motive is not political.
“This is not about the right or the left,” he said. “It’s not about Democrats, it’s about democracy… It’s not about Republicans, it’s about the Republic.”
He suggested that he and others in the House may eventually file additional impeachment resolutions, but that in any case he is committed to his course.
“I don’t know what the vote will be if I bring this to the floor of the House,” he said. “But I can assure you of this: There will be one vote for impeachment, because I will vote for the resolution.”
The impeachment bid comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings on Christopher Wray to replace Comey as FBI director.
It also comes a day after reports that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign in the belief that she would have damaging information from the Russian government about Democrat Hillary Clinton.
But Green said it was Comey’s firing, as well as Trump’s threatening admonitions to Comey on Twitter, that form the basis of the impeachment case against the president. “When you combine those things, you have an impeachable act, and for that the president has to answer to Congress,” he said.