“Truth crushed to earth will rise again.” – William Cullen Bryant

Aug 2, 2019

(Houston, TX) - On Friday, August 2, 2019,  Congressman Al Green released the following statement:

"Because there has been an effort to crush the truth about the impeachment process, we have had to educate the public as well as some well-intentioned, powerful voices with the truth about the process.

"Since May 17, 2017, I have been at the forefront of the effort to impeach President Donald John Trump.  What started as a call to impeach in response to the President’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey has developed into three sets of impeachment articles with growing support from Members of Congress and the American people.

"My latest effort to impeach came on July 17, 2019 and garnered 95 votes to move the articles of impeachment to a vote on the House Floor. According to a Fox News report published on July 28, 2019, “the House could have impeached Mr. Trump on the spot had the House not blocked Green.”

"I have consistently held that the President need not commit a crime to be impeached and that President Trump can be impeached for his misdemeanors (which the Framers of the Constitution and Webster have defined as misdeeds). Interestingly now, others including my colleagues and members of the press have shifted their perspectives toward agreement with this now well-known fact. 

"An example of this occurred on July 28, 2019 when in an interview with Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff acknowledged that President Trump “is violating a different provision of the Constitution by obstructing the Congress in its lawful and constitutional duty.” He went on to make the distinction that this obstruction and violation of the separation of powers “would not be a crime; it would be a misdemeanor, and the Founders had a different idea of what misdemeanor meant. It’s not a lesser crime, but it’s a mis-demeaning in office.”

"The truth about impeachment has slowly risen. Many are now agreeing that the question isn’t whether the President must commit a crime to be impeached. Literally, the question is whether Congress has the will to impeach for high misdemeanors. Article 10 of the 1868 articles of impeachment brought against President Andrew Johnson provide “a legal basis and historical precedent for making a president’s racist speech an impeachable offense, by itself, as evidence of unfitness to hold the highest and most powerful office in the land,” according to Attorney Peter Irons in an NBC op-ed released on July 30, 2019.  Truth crushed to earth has risen."