Texas Rep. Al Green called for President Trump’s impeachment in a speech on the House floor on Wednesday, becoming the first lawmaker to do so in that venue.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart. I rise today with a sense of responsibility and duty to the people who have elected me, sense of duty to this country, a sense of duty to the Constitution of the United States of America,” said Green, a Democrat.
“I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America…for obstruction of justice.”
Green’s demand follows a bombshell report that Trump may have asked former FBI James Comey to back off of his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Comey wrote a memo about Trump’s request following the Feb. 14 Oval Office meeting. The White House denies Comey’s characterization of the meeting.
“Mr. Speaker, our democracy is at risk,” asserted Green, who has called for Trump’s impeachment in the past, though not on the House floor.
“This is not about the president firing the FBI director because he was investigating someone else, it’s because the FBI was — director was investigating the president himself,” he added.