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Congressman Calls For Trump Impeachment

| by Jordan Smith

A congressman has called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump over his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

In a press release, Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas stated that a failure to impeach Trump "would cause some Americans to lose respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms," Think Progress reported.

Green argued in an interview that the removal of Comey provided sufficient cause to take such action.

"The president committed an impeachable act when he fired Comey and indicated he considered the Russia thing when he did it," he told Think Progress. "This will follow the president for as long as he's in office -- the impeachable offense will still be there."

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The only other member of Congress to call publicly for the impeachment of Trump has been Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who had voiced her support for the action even prior to Comey's firing.

"The president is not only intimidating the former FBI director, but any other person that might become FBI director and persons who are working on this case," Green added. "He is demonstrating that he has the power to dismiss people summarily, with impunity, unless he's impeached."

Green maintained that the outcome of any probe into Trump's alleged ties to Russia would be irrelevant to the issue of impeachment.

"The obstruction will exist no matter what the president calls 'the Russia thing' -- separate and apart from 'the Russia thing,'" he said.

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While other Democrats are yet to openly call for impeachment, they have been increasing pressure on Republican lawmakers to support the appointment of an independent investigator to examine the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia.

A closed-door meeting between senators and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein scheduled for May 18 is expected by Democrats to provide information strengthening their case.

"A special counsel must be appointed before we consider a new nominee for FBI director, and that nominee needs to be closely scrutinized by the Senate," Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico said during a speech, USA Today reported. "This person will be responsible for restoring Americans' confidence in the FBI and ensuring that he or she does not pledge loyalty to the president, but pledges loyalty to the Constitution."

Democrats in the House will begin May 17 to push for a vote on legislation calling for an independent commission to assume control of the FBI investigation into Russia.

"The question remains: What do the Russians have on President Trump financially, politically and personally that he and Republicans in Congress want to hide," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California wrote to her colleagues May 15.

Sources: Think Progress, USA Today / Photo credit: Rodriguez, A.M./Wikimedia Commons

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