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Dem calls for Trump impeachment on House floor

The Hill logo The Hill 5/17/2017 Paulina Firozi
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Rep. Al Green (D-Tx.) called for President Trump to be impeached on the House floor on Wednesday morning, accusing the president of "obstruction of justice."

"I rise today with a sense of responsibility and duty to the people who have elected me, a sense of duty to this country, a sense of duty to the Constitution of the United States of America," he began. "I rise today Mr. Speaker to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice."

"There is a belief in this country that no one is above the law. And that includes the President of the United States of America."

Green, who tweeted earlier Wednesday morning announcing he planned to call for impeachment on the floor, called on the American people to "let us know where you stand." 

"The American people don't participate on election day only," he said. "It is time for you to let us know where you stand... The American people should speak out, speak up."

The Texas Democrat said calling for Trump to be impeached is a "position of conscience for me."

"Each member of Congress has to make his or her decision," he said. "This is where I stand, I will not be moved. The president must be impeached."

Green also noted that "impeachment does not mean the president will be found guilty."

"It simply means the House of Representatives will bring charges against the president."

Green's call comes one day after The New York Times reported that Trump asked Comey in February to end the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired for misrepresenting his interactions with Russian officials.

U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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