Efforts to impeach Trump started when he was “running for office,” according to Democratic Congressman Al Green (D-Texas).
MSNBC host Chris Hayes said to Congressman Green, “You just mentioned political expediency and insincerity — those are two charges that have been leveled against Democrats during this entire affair, particularly since September when the formal impeachment inquiry started, and you play a starring role in those charges.”
Hayes continued, “I mean, the argument goes like this of House Republicans and Trump and his allies: basically the Democrats wanted to impeach Donald Trump from day one, they cast about looking for a set of facts that they could plausibly use to do it, and all of it was pretextual and reverse-engineered to get to this point, and Exhibit One: Congressman Al Green, who [has] been calling for the man’s impeachment for two years now.”
Hayes asked, “What’s your response to that charge?”
“Well, the genesis of impeachment, to be very candid with you, was when the president was running for office,” Green told MSNBC host Chris Hayes.
“With those things in mind and with the president’s behavior before us, firing Mr. Comey who was investigating the intrusion of Russia into his campaign, our election, that was something that was not to be tolerated,” Green said.
“And the president has continued to try to thwart the efforts of Congress to investigate with Mr. Mueller,” he continued.
“The president, by and through his White House counsel, tried to get this done again to deal with Mr. Mueller to extricate him, to remove him from the process,” Green said.
“More specifically, I said that the president would claim that he was exonerated if there were impeachable actions that he performed and we did not move to perform our duty to impeach him,” Green said. “He has distorted the truth. He has twisted it and tried to crush it to earth.”
Green has made other concerning remarks. Last month, Green told C-SPAN: “A president can be impeached more than once.”
“So, we can do this, we can move forward with what we have on the table currently, we can take this before the Senate and we can still investigate other issues and when the president has committed additional offenses, and my suspicion is that he will, we can take those before the Senate,” Green said.
“There is no limit on the number of times the Senate can vote to convict or not a president, no limit to the number of times the House can vote to impeach or not a president,” Green continued.
“So, my belief is that the speaker will probably say we’re going to move forward with what we have now, but we’re not going to end investigations and that there may be possible opportunities to do other things at a later time.”
In another MSNBC interview last month, Green suggested that Trump needed to be impeached “to deal with slavery.”
“I do believe, ma’am, that we have to deal with the original sin,” Green continued. “We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion. It’s insidious … racism, the president has played on racism and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support to mobilize people.”