Tlaib, Green to deliver petition from over 10 million calling for Trump's impeachment

Two House Democrats joined a coalition of liberal advocacy groups on Thursday to deliver a petition with more than 10 million signatures urging Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE.

Reps. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenHouse sets up Monday hearing to hear evidence on Trump impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment Democrats debate scope of impeachment charges MORE (Texas) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians GOP leader says he had 'a hard time' believing Pelosi Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles MORE (Mich.), the most vocal advocates for impeachment among House Democrats, joined with groups including Need to Impeach, Free Speech For People, CREDO, MoveOn, Democracy for America, Women's March, Courage Campaign and By the People in a rally in front of the Capitol to highlight the petition.

"I always tell people: 'This is your House, you tell us what to do.' This is us telling this House what to do," Tlaib said at Thursday's rally.

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Tlaib introduced a resolution in late March that calls on the Judiciary Committee to investigate whether the House should impeach Trump. It currently has seven co-sponsors, most of whom signed on after the release of a partially redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's report.

Tlaib drew attention on her first day as a member of Congress at the beginning of this year when she told a crowd "We're going to impeach the mother----er," in reference to Trump.

Green, meanwhile, forced two floor votes on impeachment in 2017 and 2018 while Republicans controlled the House and has threatened for months to force a third vote.

Green dismissed the argument from House Democratic leaders who have questioned the efficacy of the House impeaching Trump when the GOP-controlled Senate would protect the president.

"We must impeach. Let the Senate do what they may. We have to do what we must," Green said.

"Each day that we wait is a day we waited too long. I say we should start impeachment immediately, if not sooner," he added.

The rally came after the House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHillicon Valley: Pelosi works to remove legal protections for tech companies from USMCA | Treasury sanctions Russian group over 0 million hack | Facebook sues Chinese individuals for ad fraud | Huawei takes legal action against FCC Biden gets in testy exchange in Iowa: 'You're a damn liar' Huawei to sue US over new FCC restrictions MORE in contempt of Congress for not complying with requests for documents related to the Mueller report.

Democratic leaders say it's too soon to pursue impeachment and want to move forward with their investigations, despite a blanket refusal from the Trump administration to cooperate with those probes.

"The president is almost self-impeaching because he is, every day, demonstrating more obstruction of justice and disrespect for Congress's legitimate role to subpoena," Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments Bloomberg: Trump should be impeached On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading MORE (D-Calif.) said at a press conference on Thursday. "This is very methodical, it's very Constitution based, it's very law based, it's very factually based. It's not about pressure, it's about patriotism."

Pelosi insisted that rushing to impeachment isn't the only option for Democrats seeking to hold Trump accountable.

"Sometimes people act as though it's impeach or nothing. No, it's not that. It's a path that is producing results and gathering information, and some of that information is that this administration wants to have a constitutional crisis because they do not respect the oath of office that they take to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," Pelosi said.

But lawmakers like Green and Tlaib, as well as liberal advocacy groups, are agitating for impeachment now.

"The Mueller report is a road map for impeachment, and the longer Congress waits to act, and the more Republicans ignore Trump's abuses of power, more people will be hurt by Trump's vicious attacks on our communities and lose faith in our system of checks and balances. The time to act is now," a Facebook event advisory for Thursday's rally states.

In addition to Thursday's rally, a billboard truck will circle around the Capitol for three days to announce the petition.