House Dem: Mueller report offers 'ample evidence' for impeachment

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDemocrats reach cusp of impeachment Feehery: Losing faith in the people and the Constitution Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race MORE (D-Texas) on Thursday stepped up his push for impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE following the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE's report, despite reluctance from House Democratic leaders to go as far.
 
Green said during a press conference in his Houston district office that Mueller has "given us ample evidence for us to move forward with impeachment," citing 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice outlined in the report.
 
The Texas Democrat again threatened to force another House floor vote on impeaching Trump if committees in the chamber do not act.
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"If we don't step up and do our job, if we in engage in some sort of analysis and debate and refuse to say the word 'impeachment,' we will engage in what Dr. [Martin Luther] King calls the paralysis of analysis," Green said.

Mueller said in his highly anticipated report that he was unable to “conclusively determine” during the course of his 22-month investigation that no criminal conduct occurred as to whether Trump obstructed justice.
 
"I will bring it to the floor for a vote if the committees do not act," Green said. "I will not allow the paralysis of analysis to prevent us to engage in something that is lawful, constitutional, and expected such that a president will not be above the law." 
 
The public version of Mueller's report, which is partially redacted, reviewed 10 episodes over the course of an obstruction of justice inquiry. Those episodes included Trump's firing of James ComeyJames Brien ComeySunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Judiciary Democrats approve articles of impeachment setting up House vote next week Huckabee teases Hannity appearance, says he'll explain why Trump is eligible for third term MORE as FBI director and efforts to deny that he ordered then-White House counsel Don McGahn to demand the special counsel be removed.
 
 
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUSMCA is nice but no model Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties Grassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview with The Washington Post Magazine last month that "unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country," adding that Trump is "just not worth it."
 
 
“Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point. Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment,” Hoyer told CNN.
 
Green dismissed the notion that Democrats shouldn't move forward with impeachment proceedings on their own now that Mueller has completed his investigation.
 
"We can't blame Republicans for the lack of an impeachment effort. We control the House. We control the agenda in the House. It is up to us to act. We have been given the report from Mr. Mueller. He has given us 10 circumstances to peruse and scrutinize. We must now act on these circumstances," Green said.
 
Green forced two House floor votes in the last session of Congress on impeachment while Republicans controlled the House. Each vote garnered the support from about 60 fellow House Democrats. 
 
The lawmaker's past articles of impeachment stated that Trump has "sown discord among the people of the United States" by fueling racial tensions in America and did not focus on the subject of Mueller's investigation.
 
Green first indicated in February that he would offer new articles of impeachment focusing on a similar theme, but has yet to do so.
 
Impeachment efforts among House Democrats have to date failed to gather much steam. Late last month, Tlaib introduced a resolution calling on the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether Trump committed impeachable offenses, including whether the evidence from Mueller's probe found obstruction of justice. 
 
 
Rep. Brad ShermanBradley (Brad) James ShermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing Live coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing Mnuchin expresses concerns about proposed taxes on financial trades MORE (D-Calif.) reintroduced articles of impeachment on the first day of the new Congress in January, alleging that Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey from the FBI. So far, Green is the only co-sponsor of both Sherman and Tlaib's measures.