Rep. Al Green (D-TX) expressed the worry that if the House doesn’t impeach Trump, he will win reelection.
Rep. Al Green: Congress Must Impeach Trump
Rep. Green said on MSNBC:
I’m concerned if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected. If we don’t impeach him, he will say he’s been vindicated. He will say the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the house and didn’t take up impeachment. He will say we H constitutional duty and we didn’t. He will say he’s been vindicated. Here’s what I say, we’re confronting a constitutional crisis as I speak to you. As I look the people of America in the eye, I’m telling you, we have a constitutional crisis. The chief executive office of the president of the United States refuses to comply with subpoenas and says he will order others to do so, this creates a constitutional crisis but this isn’t the genesis of it.
It started when the president decided he would fire Mr. Comey for his fair failure — pardon me, as a result of his desire not to be investigated. When he decided to do this and went on national TV at primetime and indicated he was thinking about this Russia thing, that was the genesis of it. We have a constitutional crisis. I regret I’m the canary in the coal mine.
Video of Rep. Green:
I regret I was the person who had to first say there’s obstruction taking place here. I regret it had to be me but it had to be somebody. I take my duties seriously. I love my country, and I want you to know this, we must impeach this president. If you don’t, it’s not the soul of the nation that will be at risk only, it is the soul of the Congress that’s at risk. Congress has a duty, a responsibility, and an obligation that only it can fulfill. No one else can no. Other entity can. It is Congress that will have to act. If we put people above party, we’ll act properly. But if we allow a party to be above principle, we will not. If we allow political expediency to trump moral imperative, we will have created a shameful situation of this Congress that will never live down, history won’t be kind to us. We must impeach him.
Does impeachment have to come now?
The question that Democrats are wrestling with is does impeachment have to come now? The smart strategy is to lay the groundwork for impeachment, go where the evidence leads, but don’t definitely rule impeachment in or out. If Donald Trump wins a second term and Democrats keep the House, impeachment would be a nice tool to have if it becomes necessary.
Most Americans share Rep. Green’s sense of urgency toward getting Trump out of office, but Republicans want impeachment because it will give them the ultimate distraction issue for 2020. The House should let investigations and facts dictate their moves, not an election timetable.
Impeachment should be a last resort, not the first go-to move.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association