Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Democrats are already making early calls for President Trump’s impeachment

President Trump’s most outspoken critics have seized on the firing of FBI Director James Comey controversy to make a  very  early push for impeachment.

The latest call came from Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who released a statement suggesting Comey’s ouster from atop the FBI was an obstruction of the investigation “of the president’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 presidential election.” He said Trump has committed acts that “amount to intimidation and obstruction.”

Green wrote in an email, “Our mantra should be I.T.N—Impeach Trump Now,” which included a line in red pushing those who received the email to “forward this email to others who may be interested.”

Most Democrats are fighting Trump’s decision to fire Comey by calling for a special prosecutor to probe Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, worried Comey’s firing was meant to blunt that investigation. Some Democrats however want to go the distance, and are openly using the “I” word.

Green joined Democratic lawmakers Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who has been discussing impeachment for months. Waters took to Twitter in April saying that she would “fight every day until he’s impeached.” She later denied calling for impeachment, but  renewed her push during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Thursday

“I’ve said all along that he will lead us to impeachment, and he’s doing just that,” Waters said on MSNBC. “We’re fiddling while Rome is burning. This president needs to be impeached.”

Others Democratic lawmakers who have brought up the topic of impeachment include Reps. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., who at a local station said Democrats were “actually pretty close to considering impeachment,” and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., who also said on local radio that if there was an “impeachment clock,” Comey’s ouster would have moved it an “hour closer.”   Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., also joined the discussion, tweeting last week that “Impeachment will happen if a handful of Republicans in Congress join Democrats to put country above party. Or in 2019 after Democrats win the House.”

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