Rep. Al Green (D-TX) has become the first Democrat to go that last step beyond merely hinting at impeachment in the media and actually putting his money where his mouth is. Apparently hopeful that he can make a name for himself with the bold move, Green formally drafted impeachment articles on Wednesday, saying that Trump has violated the law by firing FBI Director James Comey – an act that qualifies as obstruction of justice.
“Obstruction of justice by the president is the problem,” Green said in a statement. “Impeachment by Congress is the solution. This is obstruction of justice. This will continue to be obstruction of justice regardless of testimony given by Mr. James Comey. The question that only Congress can answer is whether the president can obstruct justice with impunity.”
There’s a reason, of course, why Green put that line in about “regardless of testimony” by Comey. Advance news reports had already said that the former FBI director would “stop short” of accusing the president of obstruction, meaning that Green’s entire basis for impeachment was negated before he even filed the paperwork. And you can say “regardless of” all day long; if the man who Trump supposedly obstructed says it wasn’t obstruction, then just what the hell are we doing?
Well, we’re making a play for the cameras is what we’re doing, and that’s all this Russia collusion business has been from the beginning. Can we finally be serious about this? Do you think for ONE MOMENT that the U.S. government, with all of its vast resources and capabilities, would have allowed Trump to be sworn in as president if they had the SLIGHTEST SHRED of evidence that he was a traitor to the country? That he was secretly in league with Moscow? This is the stuff of bad fiction, and yet, here we have half the country eating it up. It’s outrageous, and the time has come to put it to bed.
With Republicans in control of the House, we don’t have to worry about Green’s publicity stunt making it anywhere but the pages of his resume, but we hope the constituents in his district will remember this when the time comes for him to run for re-election. With this move, Green has put his own ambition ahead of the country. His call for impeachment is absurd, and he has no business representing a fruit fly in Congress, much less the people of Texas.