(EnviroNews Politics) — Washington D.C. — It took only 173 days, but it has finally happened: the first article of impeachment has been filed against Donald J. Trump, forty-fifth President of the United States of America.
The bill, House Resolution 438 (H.R. 438), was introduced by two House Democrats, Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Al Green (D-TX) “against President Donald J. Trump for High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
A press release issued by Sherman’s offices reads, “The Article is based on Article 1, dealing with ‘Obstruction of Justice,’ which was passed by the Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote on July 27, 1974, regarding Richard M. Nixon.”
“We now begin the effort to force the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on Obstruction of Justice and Russian interference in our election,” Sherman wrote in a statement.
The two lawmakers took the initiative after bombshell reports by the NY Times this week exposed Donald Trump Jr., alongside Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, attended meetings with Russian Attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, allegedly representing the Kremlin, in an effort to gather dirt on Hillary Clinton.
“Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia,” Sherman said in a media release. “It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe. I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice.”
In a statement to Time correspondent Zeke Miller, the White House called Sherman and Green’s effort “utterly ridiculous” and “a political game at its worst.”
Representative Green addressed members about the measure on the House floor, in a scathing speech that concluded with words from William Cullen Bryant. Green lambasted Trump’s behavior, and called for impeachment followed by a Senate trial, saying the President is not “above the law.” The video and transcript can be viewed just below:
Representative Al Green: Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart. I rise today with a sense of responsibility and duty to the people who have elected me — a sense of duty to this country — a sense of duty to the Constitution of the United States of America. I rise today Mr. Speaker to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice.
I do not do this for political purposes Mr. Speaker. I do this because I believe in the great ideals that this country stands for — liberty and justice for all — the notion that we should have government of the people, by the people, for the people. I do it because Mr. Speaker, there is a belief in this country that no one is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States of America.
Mr. Speaker, our democracy is at risk. Mr. Speaker this offense has occurred before our very eyes. It is perspicuous. It is easy to understand.
Mr. Speaker, we are talking about a president who fired the FBI director who was investigating the President for his connections to Russian involvement in the President’s election. Mr. Speaker, this is not about the President firing the FBI director because he was investigating someone else. It’s because the FBI director was investigating the President himself. And after firing the director, he went on to let us know that he considered the investigation when he fired him. And then he Tweeted language that would be intimidation or a warning — an admonition, very strong to say the very least.
Mr. Speaker, we cannot allow this to go unchecked. The President is not above the law. It is time for the American people to weigh in. Mr. Speaker, the American people are a part of this democracy — this is a participatory democracy. The American people don’t participate on election day only. The American people participate daily, and this is your day to act. This is your day! I’m speaking to the American people. It is time for you to act. It is time for you to let us know where you stand.
I’ve seen a poll that indicates that a majority now, of those who are being polled, are for impeachment. And I’ve seen another poll that says a plurality of those. Whether it’s a majority or a plurality, let’s let the American people weigh in. The American people should speak up, speak out, stand up, so that we will get a sense of what the American people want.
This is not something to be taken lightly, and I do not. I think that this is one of the highest callings that a member of Congress has to address. I believe that this is where your patriotism is shown — where you demonstrate to the American people where you really stand. So, I take this stand. It’s a position of conscience for me. And I have not talked to another person in Congress about this. Each member of Congress has to make his or her own decision, so this is not about my encouraging other people to do things — other than the American people. This is about my position. This about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached!
For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President will 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. Once the President is impeached, then the Senate can have a trial to determine the guilt or innocence of the President — whether he is guilty or not guilty to be more specific. But the House of Representatives has a duty that it can take up, and that is of impeachment. I stand for impeachment of the President.
How can you weigh in? Well, you can contact my good friends over at Free Speech for People. And at this organization, they have a petition. The petition would allow you to weigh in and become a part of the nearly one million people who have already said the President ought to be impeached.
You can weigh in at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.com — ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.com. And believe me, if a plurality of the people are saying it now, and that’s the poll that I really put my emphasis on — the one that says the plurality believes that the President should be impeached — more than 40 percent — I think that can grow. And I assure you, once you weigh in, American people, there will be a difference in the attitudes about this.
I want to thank you Mr. Speaker for this opportunity, because but for this opportunity, you might not hear my voice. I am a voice in the wilderness, but I assure you that history will vindicate me. I assure you that righteousness will prevail. I assure you that no lie can live forever, and truth crushed to earth will rise again. I yield back my time.
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