Democrats in Congress are drafting up articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey constitutes an obstruction of justice.
Former FBI director James Comey has testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirming that he leaked a meeting with Trump to the media and stating that some news stories about Russia are “just dead wrong.”
The committee released Comey’s prepared remarks on Wednesday afternoon. The seven-page document outlines his relationship with Trump, some details of which had already been leaked to the press in the weeks following his firing, including that the president asked Comey for his loyalty.
Texas Representative Al Green, who has been one of the most outspoken proponents of impeachment proceedings against Trump, and even made a call on the House floor last month was joined by California Representative Brad Sherman to move forward with the next legislative step in announcing the long-shot bid.
“The question really is whether the president can obstruct justice with impunity,” Green said
“This will continue to be obstruction of justice regardless of testimony given by James Comey. This will remain obstruction of justice regardless of the findings of any investigation.
Top Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have specifically urged members to not raise the specter of impeachment, arguing that they need to allow investigations already underway to uncover more details about the president and his team’s actions.
The Texas Democrat even revealed that after his public call for impeachment he has been receiving threatening voicemails and messages and the United States Capitol Police was investigating them.
During his May speech on the House floor, Green noted “this is about my position. This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached.”
He also explained that this was the beginning of the process, “For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President would be found guilty. It simply means that the House of Representatives will bring charges against the President. It’s similar to an indictment but not quite the same thing.”
Democrats have indicated that impeachment could be possible if obstruction is proved, but most have held back from actually calling for the measure.
Meanwhile, Green did not give House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi or others any advance notice that he has decided to move ahead with formally introducing the charges in the House.
James Comey was asked explicitly whether Trump asked him to stop the Russia investigation, to which Comey responded by saying “not to my understanding, no