Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Deportations of Haitians spark concerns over environmental refugees The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE (D-Texas) warned on Saturday that he would file articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE should the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee not act on ones already filed alleging obstruction of justice.
“The president has to come before the bar of justice, and the only place that that bar of justice exists is the House of Representatives. Each member of the House can file a resolution for impeachment,” Green told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on “AM Joy.”
“I was proud to join Rep. [Brad] Sherman [D-Calif.] with his articles of impeachment, but I will be filing articles unless of course the Judiciary Committee acts on what’s been filed already. If they should then there won’t be a need,” he said.
The Judiciary Committee had previously considered articles of impeachment for former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFederal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill Joe Biden's gamble with history Can America prevent a global warming cold war? MORE during their impeachment processes.
The article accuses the president of obstructing justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, referring to it as “high crimes and misdemeanors” amid the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling.
Sherman’s article comes as the White House was rocked by a series of revelations this week surrounding a meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian attorney at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016.
The president’s son was told he would receive damaging information about Democratic presidential rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE at the meeting.
Other House Democrats have been less enthusiastic about talk of impeachment.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called for an independent commission to investigate potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling.
“Recent revelations, coupled with [the] president’s unprecedented campaign of dishonesty and secrecy, give greater urgency to the need for House Republicans [to] bring a vote to the floor immediately to establish an outside, independent commission,” Pelosi’s spokeswoman said in a statement.