A Democratic Congressman introduced an impeachment resolution to the House Floor on Wednesday, declaring President Donald Trump “unfit” for office.
Texas Congressman Al Green said Trump has “betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the American people and is unfit to be president.” Green noted that Trump does not need to be convicted of a crime in order to be impeached.
Inbox: Al Green to introduce articles of impeachment. pic.twitter.com/WfKZPjH2n9
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 11, 2017
In his remarks, Green accused Trump of “race-baiting” and fueling an “alt-right hate machine,” which has brought “disrepute into the office of the presidency.”
Rep. Al Green gives notice of intent to offer “Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump.” (via CSPAN) pic.twitter.com/xv21o76VP2
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Green cited Trump’s response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA during the Unite the Right Rally, his repeated attacks on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of inequality and his accusations that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower as evidence.
Green has called for Trump’s impeachment before, but this is the first time he’s introduced a resolution. California Congressman Brad Sherman previously introduced an impeachment resolution in July, saying Trump committed obstruction of justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey as the FBI investigated possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Below is the full text of Green’s announcement that he would be introducing the impeachment resolution:
I love my Country, I salute my Flag. I say the Pledge of Allegiance and I believe in liberty and justice for all as declared in the pledge.
I also believe that to acquire liberty and justice for all, some must stand alone.
Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I believe that the ‘truest measure of a person is not where you stand in times of comfort and convenience,’ when the world is with you, but rather, where do you stand in times of challenge and controversy, when you may stand alone.
Today, I rise to use the constitutionally prescribed political process of impeachment to speak truth to the most powerful man on earth, the President of the United States of America.
I do so knowing that the public has been led to believe that a President must commit a crime to be impeached, which is not true. If any President persisted with the lie that ‘Hitler was right,’ he would be, and should be, impeached not for a crime, but for betraying his trust as President.
I do so knowing that many, of my contemporaries will criticize my actions. Some will castigate me, others may desire to do something more dastardly with hopes of suppressing all embers of courage that might inflame others to speak truth to power or the powerful.
Ultimately, to again quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I will do that which is ‘neither safe, nor politic, nor popular.’ I will do that which is right and let others do what they may and allow history to judge us all.