Impeach Trump now
CYRIL JOSH BARKER and Amsterdam News Staff And NAYABA ARINDE Amsterdam News Editor | 5/18/2017, midnight
“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.”
Texas Congressman Al Green spoke those words on the House floor Wednesday morning, kicking off what could be the journey to impeach President Donald Trump.
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been calling for Trump’s impeachment since news broke about possible meddling in the election by Russia.
“I’ve been on the road of impeachment ahead of everybody,” she said. “The reason I’ve been on the road to impeachment is I watch this president very carefully during the campaign. I saw and began to understand his character and who he was and the way the he treated people. I don’t think you pivot or change all of a sudden and you become somebody else.”
After less than six months in office, amid his other political conflicts, Trump has put himself in what many are considering his biggest controversy yet.
Reports indicate that Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Critics are calling this request an obstruction of justice.
The news follows other controversial moves by the president, including the recent firing of Comey, who was also the subject of a threatening tweet by trump: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.”
Comey documented several interactions between him and Trump in memos. The Senate Intelligence Committee the Senate Judiciary Committee are considering requesting copies of the memos as well as testimony from Comey.
The Judiciary Committee also wants any recordings of meetings between Trump and Comey.
“President Trump has committed an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives,” Green said in a statement. “The act is the obstruction of a lawful investigation of the president’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 presidential election. Our mantra should be I.T.N.—Impeach Trump Now.”
If the complicated process is followed through, Trump would be the third president to be impeached, after Andrew John and Bill Clinton. Experts say although the process would be good news to many it could take months.
“There is no real time table,” said University of North Carolina constitutional law professor Michael J. Gerhardt. “It’s a premature and we have to learn more before it can be concluded what the president is doing.”
Black congressional members are calling on Republicans to snap out of it and condemn a situation that may be on the road to a constitutional crisis, barely 120 days into this new administration.
Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond is joining the chorus of many who say Republicans, who are still standing by the president, must confront the possibility that Trump has participated in wrongdoing.
“The out-of-the-blue ouster of FBI Director James Comey is more proof that we need an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate any and all ties between the Trump administration and Russia,” he said. “I call on Republicans to put patriotism before party and join Democrats in creating an independent, bipartisan commission so we can get to the truth. If they don’t, then they’ll be aiding and abetting collusion and cover-up.”