After weeks of warning that President Donald Trump’s actions were veering toward illegality, Congressman Al Green is now calling for the president to be impeached.
The Houston Democrat claimed that Trump may have committed illegal obstruction of justice by firing FBI Director James Comey during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and then seeking to intimidate him in a tweet warning that there may be “tapes” of their conversation.
“President Trump is not above the law,” Green said in a written 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.”
Only one other member of Congress, Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California, has explicitly called for Trump’s impeachment.
Green emphasized that impeachment proceedings in the House would only be to charge the president, not necessarily to remove him from office.
“Whether he is guilty is a separate action for the U.S. Senate to decide,” Green said.
The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office.
An aide for Green did not respond to questions about whether he would file an impeachment resolution and whether he has reached out to other Democrats to garner support.
“Impeachment is a really serious charge,” said Sean Theriault, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “Unfortunately, since the Clinton era, the word gets thrown around quite a bit.”