Less than two days after special counsel Robert Mueller released his long-awaited report, finding no evidence the President or his campaign colluded with Russia, Representative Al Green said he would continue to push for impeaching Donald Trump.
Green has been Congress’s leading advocate for presidential impeachment, arguing that Trump was unfit for office and that his statements and policy decisions spark racial divisions around the country. Green further said Sunday that as Mueller’s findings were unrelated to that “bigotry” he would continue to fight for having the President removed from office.
“#MuellersReport did NOT investigate bigotry emanating from the Presidency harming our country. The findings do NOT negate the President’s bigotry. As long as bigotry influences the President’s policies, I will continue to seek his impeachment,” he tweeted.
Green’s previous articles of impeachment focused on President Trump’s decisions which the representative claims prove him to be “unfit to defend the ideals that have made America great.” Green provided as evidence certain policies, such as the military transgender ban, the so-called Muslim travel ban and his equivocal response to the 2017 deadly white supremacist marches in Charlottesville.
He has not introduced the articles of impeachment this year, but the second vote in 2018 saw the support of over 60 Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said multiple times that it was too early to consider impeachment and stressed that bipartisan support was needed first. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of those Democrats who believe that removing Trump from office would not solve the country’s problems.
She noted Sunday that he was the “symptom of much deeper problems” that would not be resolved with his impeachment.
“As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems. Even foreign influence plays on nat’l wounds that we refuse to address: income inequality, racism, corruption, a willingness to excuse bigotry,” she tweeted, according to The Hill.
The Democrat continued by saying that “removing Trump will not remove the infrastructure of an entire party that embraced him; the dark money that funded him; the online radicalization that drummed his army; nor the racism he amplified+reanimated.”
She pointed out that the nation had to work on resolving the causes of these issues, rather than just remove the symptom.