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 TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE says it was "worth it" despite death threats he received. 

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenIf we want to save earth, we need to change how we eat Trump administration suspends oil and gas production on 130 plots in Utah after challenge Why fear should not blind us to the promise of AI: A healthy dose of optimism MORE (D-Texas) told BuzzFeed News that he feels "vindicated" after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran 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 BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage 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.