Trump pushes back at Democratic lawmaker Al Green on impeachment

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE on Monday defended himself against the prospect of impeachment hearings after Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDanish prime minister: Trump's idea to buy Greenland 'absurd'  Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts We need a climate plan for agriculture MORE (D-Texas), a vocal proponent of impeachment, said he's concerned Trump will get reelected if Congress does not begin such proceedings.

In an early morning tweet, Trump appeared to quote conservative outlet One America News Network, which suggested Green said impeachment "is the only thing" that can prevent Trump's reelection.

The congressman said in an interview with MSNBC over the weekend that he's "concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get reelected." Green was defending his belief that Congress has a duty to act, even as some party leaders have expressed reluctance to take up impeachment.


Trump seized on the quote from One America News Network, tweeting that it meant "Dems can't win the election fairly."

He asserted that a president can't be impeached "for creating the best economy in our country's history," though job performance has no bearing on impeachment proceedings.

Trump separately professed his innocence of "High Crimes & Misdemeanors," alleging that "all the crimes are on the other side."

"And that’s what the Dems should be looking at, but they won’t," Trump tweeted. "Nevertheless, the tables are turning!"

Trump's claim that the "tables are turning" comes a few days after he called for an end to "costly & time consuming investigations."

Democrats have grappled with how to approach impeachment since before retaking the majority in the House last year. Party leaders have cautioned against it, arguing it is extremely divisive and not worth doing without bipartisan support. 

But some rank-and-file members have insisted on pressing forward with removing Trump, especially in the wake of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's full report, which laid out 10 instances where the president may have obstructed justice.

Green is threatening again to force another House floor vote on impeachment, and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Mich.), a progressive freshman who has proposed legislation requiring the House Judiciary Committee to begin examining potentially impeachable offenses, said interest in her resolution has spiked in the last week.