Rep. Al Green on C-SPAN

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Rep. Al Green—despite death threats—is drafting articles of impeachment for Trump

No, this doesn't mean impeachment is close.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on May 24, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 1:19 pm CDT

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) recently told C-SPAN that he is drawing up articles of impeachment to begin the process of removing President Donald Trump from office.

But that doesn’t mean it’s close to becoming a reality.

Green made a passionate speech on the House floor last week calling for Trump’s impeachment and subsequently received racist death threats.

Green insists that Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice after he surprisingly fired former FBI Director James Comey and seemed to threaten or intimidate him on Twitter.

“This is not something that I wanted to do, it’s something that I feel compelled to do,” Green said on C-SPAN.

Green said that he has “constitutional scholars” helping him write the articles of impeachment.

“As a matter of fact, I am currently crafting, drafting if you will, articles of impeachment,” Green said. “Every member of Congress has the right to file a privileged resolution for impeachment, and it has to be heard within two legislative days. I’m a member of Congress, I’m crafting it.”

If his resolution is not acted upon, Green said he will “take it upon himself” to move forward, adding that he did not have an exact date he intends to file it.

Following Green’s speech on the House floor, he received several calls saying that they would “lynch” and “hang” him.

While Green’s written charges are the first step, several other things would need to occur before it was even a real possibility that Trump would be impeached.

A full impeachment would require a majority vote in the House of Representatives—which is Republican controlled. Then the case would be tried in the Senate, and a two-thirds majority would need to vote to convict and remove the president from office. The Senate is also controlled by Republicans, making this scenario unlikely.

Green said the American people should “weigh in” on the matter of impeachment. Searches for “impeachment” have spiked recently online.

“When the will of the people is properly expressed, the will of Congress will change,” Green said.

You can watch all of Green’s comments on C-SPAN here.

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*First Published: May 24, 2017, 3:49 pm CDT