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Congressman Green Calls Trump’s Firing OF FBI Chief ‘An Impeachable Act’

President Trump should face impeachment proceedings for firing FBI Director James Comey last week, Democratic Congressman Al Green declared Monday.

According to The Hill, the Texas lawmaker released a written statement in which he pointed out that the president is not “above the law.” Green wrote: “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. President Trump has committed an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives. The act is obstruction of a lawful investigation of the president’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 presidential election.”

Green was referring to allegations that Trump dismissed Comey to impede the FBI’s probe of Russian interference in the election. Agents also are looking into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russian operatives.

In a recent NBC News interview, the president admitted he wanted the investigation to end. Previously, he claimed Comey lost his job because of the way he handled the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices.

Green also expressed concern about Trump having warned Comey that “before he starts leaking to the press,” he should find out whether there are “tapes” of the two men’s conversations about the investigation.

“These acts, when combined, amount to intimidation and obstruction,” Green said. “I have said on previous occasions, and do now say again, the president should be impeached. I also say that this can happen with a Republican-controlled House and Senate if the public weighs in by demanding that the Republican president be charged by way of impeachment.”

Another Democratic member of the House, California Rep. Maxine Waters, was calling for Trump’s impeachment even before the Comey firing. In recent days, some Republican politicians have joined Democrats in criticizing the action. However, The Hill noted that impeachment is unlikely due to the GOP majorities in both houses of Congress.

Source: The Hill
Photo: The White House/ Flickr

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