Al Green today said: ‘No one is above the law and that includes the President of the United States of America.’
He said that democracy was at risk over the sacking of FBI Director James Comey because he was investigating the president.
Mr Green said: ‘This offence has occurred before our very eyes. It is perspicuous. It is easy to understand. We are talking about a president who fired the FBI director who was investigating the president for his connections to Russian involvement in the president’s election.’
He said he wasn’t doing it for political gain, but for liberty and justice for all and ‘government of the people, for the people, by the people’.
Today on the floor of the Congress of the United States of America, I will call for the Impeachment of the President between 9am & 10am CST.
— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) May 17, 2017
He tweeted earlier today saying: ‘Today on the floor of the Congress of the United States of America, I will call for the Impeachment of the President between 9am & 10am CST.’
At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Mr Green said: ‘These acts, when combined, amount to intimidation and obstruction. If the president is not above the law he should be charged by way of impeachment by the US House of Representatives.’
He added: ‘Our country is in a state of crisis. Every day Donald Trump remains president puts our democracy at risk. It’s time to take drastic, yet necessary action.’
Calls for his impeachment have grown over the last week after Mr Trumpfired FBI Director James Comey, raising questions about the independence of the FBI’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s presidential election.
He was accused of obstruction of justice and people began calling for his impeachment.
Then it emerged that Mr Trump had asked the former FBI director to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
But then Vladimir Putin dismissed the ongoing scandal, saying it was ‘political schizophrenia.’
Only two presidents have been impeached by the House of Representatives: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. But both were later acquitted by the Senate.
Articles of impeachment were passed against Richard Nixon in 1974 but he resigned the presidency before they could be considered by the full house.
Impeachment is enshrined in the US constitution and allows formal charges to be brought against a civil officer of government for crimes alleged to have been committed.
The law states: ‘The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.’
Though considered the first step towards removal from office, it doesn’t necessarily mean the president will be kicked out.
The House of Representatives has the sole power of impeaching, while the United States Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments.
To start impeachment proceedings against a president, you need a majority vote in the House of Representatives.
When the case is tried by the Senate, a vote of at least 2/3 of those present is needed to convict and remove the president from office.
Though it is speculative and entirely dependent on each case, previous impeachments have taken around three to four months.
Andrew Johnson was fired in February 1868. One week later, the House adopted eleven articles of impeachment against the President.
The trial began on March 13, 1868 and the final vote for acquittal was on May 26, 1868.
But for Bill Clinton, his was relatively quick in comparison. The process started on December 19, 1998 and he was acquitted on February 12, 1999.