WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas Democrat Rep. Al Green says he’s drafting “articles of impeachment” against President Donald Trump based on accusations that the president fired former FBI director James Comey in an effort to shut down Comey’s investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
Green’s revelations come on the eve of Comey’s highly anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Regardless of what revelations come from Comey’s testimony, says Green, his call for impeachment will go forward.
“The facts are simple and indisputable. The President fired the FBI Director because the Director was investigating the President’s campaign connections to Russian interference in the Presidential election,” Green said in a statement. “This is obstruction of justice.”
The Texas senator, who says he’s faced death threats since first taking the floor on May 15 to call for the president’s impeachment, has joined forces with fellow Democrat Maxine Waters in his quest to have Trump removed from office. Waters, too, has been vocal in her desire to see the president impeached.
“I am a voice in the wilderness, but I assure that history will vindicate me,” Green said on the house floor.
Despite his claims, political analysts say Green’s efforts will amount to little more than a lot of talk. With the exception of Waters, few Democrats have come forward to support Green in his efforts.
“I don’t think impeachment is the move right now,” Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, told NBC News last month (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-democrat-rep-al-green-starts-process-impeach-trump-n769051). “I just want to know the facts.”
Even if Green rallies additional support from his fellow Democrats, political analysts say the articles have little chance of seeing the light of day in a House chamber controlled by Republicans.
Mr. Comey, who was abruptly fired by the president last month, is expected to testify on his conversations with the president about the F.B.I.’s investigation into possible links between Trump administration officials and the alleged Russian effort to manipulate the results of the 2016 presidential election.