Rep. Al Green speaks out about racist calls, details plan for Trump’s impeachment

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Published 1:01 pm, Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rep. Al Green recently appeared on C-SPAN to discuss the events that pushed him into the national spotlight.

Last week, Green became the first member of congress to officially ask for the impeachment of Donald Trump on the House floor.

The Houston-area representative made his case the day after news broke alleging Trump of asking now-fired FBI director James Comey to end the bureau’s investigation into Michael Flynn. 

“This is not something I wanted to do,” Green told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal host Pedro Echevarria. “It is something I feel compelled to do. I feel that I must do this because the president has obstructed justice.” 

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Green pointed to Trump’s threatening tweet to Comey as evidence of obstruction of justice as well as what he described as the president’s “confession” in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt

Echevarria then asked Green about the reaction from fellow Democrats, who some criticized calls for impeachment as too early or premature.

“I don’t square with Democrats because this is not about Democrats,” Green said. “This is about democracy … I’m a voice in the wilderness and I understand I may stand alone, but I still stand because the president has obstructed justice.”

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As for the racist phone calls Green received in response for his plans for impeachment, the lawmaker said he signed up for a job and that “this will in no way thwart our efforts to move forward,” but lamented the fact that his staffers — some still in high school — had to “tolerate the ugliness.”

Green also admitted that he is already drafting the articles of impeachment and asked for the country to weigh in and help.

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“This is a participatory democracy,” Green said. “People have to participate not only on Election Day but on other occasions when democracy is at risk.”

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