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Dem warns of additional articles of impeachment against Trump

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenBipartisan lawmakers call for action on anti-hate crime measures House Democrat sits on Capitol steps to protest extremist threat Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm MORE (D-Texas) warned on Saturday that he would file articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he 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.

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Green called for Trump’s impeachment in May, citing allegations of obstruction of justice, and co-sponsored an article of impeachment that Sherman formally introduced this week. 

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 ClintonChelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants 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.