Dem Lawmaker Hints New Ground For Impeaching Trump: He Has Caused ‘Longterm Harm To Society’
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who is leading the impeachment charge against President Trump says the damage Trump has had on American society could be “irreparable,” and is grounds for impeachment, according to The Hill.
“What he has done to this society is harmful and in some cases it may be irreparable – to tell police officers that you don’t have to be nice, when you’re arresting someone,” Green told co-hosts Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball during an interview that aired Thursday on Hill TV’s “Rising.”
“These are the kinds of things that can cause longterm harm to society,” he added.
The congressman also said he believes Trump’s firing former FBI director James Comes is an impeachable offense as is the president’s response to last year’s violent white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, Va. and his disparaging remarks against immigrants.
“I think this kind of behavior is impeachable – as a matter of fact, I’m confident it is,” he said.
Green went onto say that he doesn’t want the president of the United States “to stand behind the racists, bigots, and Klansman in Charlottesville.”
And despite previously criticizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for “trivializing” his efforts, Green said he respected Democratic leadership’s decision not to get involved in his calls for impeachment, calling it a “vote of conscience.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders have sought tamp down on impeachment talk among a small group Democrats ahead of November’s midterm elections for fear it may have political consequences as they seek to take back the House.
Green said he respected Democratic leadership’s decision not to get involved in his calls for impeachment, calling it a “vote of conscience.”
“We must each do what we believe our conscience dictates and let the scales of history judge us all,” he added.