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Congressman calls for Trump’s impeachment on House floor

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  • "I will not be moved. The President must be impeached," Rep. Al Green said
  • Rep. Al Green is one of several members who have used the word "impeachment"

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump Wednesday morning, the first member of Congress to officially request leveling charges against the President from the House floor.

“I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice,” Green said, implying Trump fired Comey due the Russian investigation. “We cannot allow this to go unchecked—the president is not above the law, it is time for the American people to weigh in.”

“This is about my position. This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached,” Green said on the floor. “For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President would 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.”

Green, who previewed his call with a tweet earlier, said it was the House of Representative’s “duty” to take up impeachment.

News broke Tuesday that Trump in February asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn — a request critics have called obstruction of justice.

As the backlash escalates to Trump’s firing of Comey last week, Democratic lawmakers are increasingly raising the prospect of impeachment.

Some, such as California Rep. Maxine Waters, have explicitly called for impeaching the President. Others, like Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, have merely mentioned the possibility, with Gabbard saying last month that she was studying the impeachment process.

Impeachment requires the support of a majority of members of the House of Representatives. No Republicans have publicly voiced support for impeaching Trump.