Al Green says calling for impeachment 'worth it' despite death threats

Al Green says calling for impeachment 'worth it' despite death threats
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The first Democrat to call for the impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims Lindsey Graham thanks Trump, bemoans 'never-ending bull----' at South Carolina rally  MORE says it was "worth it" despite death threats he received. 

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenChinatown restaurants, shops say business is down due to coronavirus fears Democrats highlight lack of diversity at major banks in new report House passes supplemental disaster relief for Puerto Rico MORE (D-Texas) told BuzzFeed News that he feels "vindicated" after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi blasts Trump pick: He has shown 'clear disrespect' for intel community Appeals court rules House can't sue to enforce McGahn subpoena House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products MORE (D-Calif.) formally began an impeachment inquiry Tuesday, almost 2 ½ years after he first called for impeachment.

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"I do feel vindicated. I have to be truthful," Green told BuzzFeed News. "But I think that many others are vindicated because it has been an effort of the many not the few."

The Texas representative said "it was lonely" being the first Democrat to speak out. He said when he delivered his first statement on the House floor calling for impeachment, he received death threats and had to hire a person with a gun to protect his office. 

"We have had to change our lives, but it's been worth it because it's in the cause of justice that we do this," Green said.

Democratic lawmakers have demanded impeachment following reports that the president asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump surveys South Carolina supporters on preferred Democratic opponent Watch live: Trump holds a rally in South Carolina Biden, Klobuchar to address AIPAC via video MORE, Trump's potential 2020 opponent. This request came days after Trump withheld funds from Ukraine, prompting lawmakers to assert this was a quid pro quo deal.

The call came to light after media reports determined it was the subject of a whistleblower report that the Trump administration originally refused to provide to the House Intelligence Committee.