Green calls for impeachment on floor of Congress

Lauren Perry
May 19, 2017

The contract on PredictIt titled "Will Donald Trump be impeached in 2017?" saw volume of more than 100,000 contracts in the last 24 hours after reports of a memo written by Comey that said Trump had asked him to end the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation. And that includes the president of the United States of America.

"I do not do this for political purposes Mister Speaker", Green said on the floor.

Green's floor speech, though bold, did not leave Democratic party leaders rushing to endorse the notion of impeaching the president without direct knowledge of events which transpired between Trump and Comey.

Elsewhere, The Washington Post have also reported that Trump has divulged highly classified material to Russian diplomats in a meeting last week. "He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged". There is a belief in this country that no one is above the law.

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The outburst came amid intensifying pressure on the president in the wake of his firing of James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week, in the midst of a probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian attempts to tilt the United States election in his favour. The House of Representatives can not find the President guilty of anything.

But Democratic congressman Al Green of Texas, alleging "obstruction of justice" as his reason, told fellow representatives in Congress on Wednesday: "This is where I stand. It's time for the American people to weigh in". It simply means that the House of Representatives will bring charges against the President. "Then the Senate can have a trial to determine the guilt or the innocence of the president". And Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said on CNN Tuesday night that the situation described in the memos sounds serious and "could be construed as obstruction of justice", which has traditionally been an impeachable offense for US presidents.

As Trump's approval ratings have dropped, Republicans are hearing from their constituents that they need to do more when it comes to investigating the president, CNN reported.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, warned that any steps must be bipartisan, and that hasty talk of impeachment would become a distraction. Forty-one percent of voters said they opposed a potential impeachment. "And I say it with sadness and reluctance".

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