Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

I rise today with a sense of responsibility and duty to the people who have elected me, a sense of duty to this country, a sense of duty to the Constitution of the United States of America.

I rise today, Mr Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice.

There is a belief in this country that no one is above the law. And that includes the President of the United States of America.

Rep. Al Green (D-TX 9th District)
Quoted in Andrew Buncombe's article,
"Congressman Calls for Donald Trump's
Impeachment on House Floor
The Independent
May 17, 2017

Related Off-site Links:
A Presidency Falls Apart – David A. Graham (The Atlantic, May 17, 2017).
Rep. Al Green: Trump Must Be Investigated for Obstruction of Justice, Impeached If Found to Have Done So – Andrew Scheider (Houston Public Media, May 10, 2017).
Senate Panel Asks Comey to Testify on Flynn and TrumpThe New York Times (May 17, 2017).
Is the Comey Memo the Beginning of the End for Trump? – David Remnick (The New Yorker, May 17, 2017).
James Comey’s Memo Has Shaken a Presidency. Here’s Why Memos Have Always Mattered – Michael S. Rosenwald (The Washington Post, May 17, 2017).
The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story: Trump Asked FBI Chief to Jail Journalists – Peter Certo (Common Dreams, May 17, 2017).
CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: We Should Be Considering Impeachment If Trump Obstructed FBI ProbeDemocracy Now! (May 17, 2017).
Republicans: It’s Time to Decide – Party or Country? – Robert Reich (, May 17, 2017).
Donald Trump Is a Stress Test for Democracy, and We Are Failing – Jamelle Bouie (Slate, May 16, 2017).
Donald Trump Is a Serious Threat to American National Security – Yochi Dreazen (Vox, May 15, 2017).
The Law Can’t Stop Trump. Only Impeachment Can – Jonathan Chait (New York Magazine, May 15, 2017).
Trump’s Madness Invites Mutiny – Charles M. Blow (The New York Times, May 15, 2017).
Dancing With the Devil: Trump's Politics of Fascist Collaboration – Henry A. Giroux (TruthOut, May 16, 2017).
Maxine Waters Talks Impeaching Trump, and Why She Has Hope – Tessa Stuart (Rolling Stone, May 16, 2017).
The Impeachment Trap: Be Careful What You Wish For – Jeff Alson (In These Times, May 17, 2017).
Is the End of Donald Trump’s Presidency Drawing Nearer? Either Way He Will Have Done Great Harm to America – Chauncey DeVega (Salon, May 17, 2017).
Could the 25th Amendment Be Used to Remove Trump? – Michael Walsh (Yahoo! News, May 17, 2017).
The Right Builds an Alternative Narrative About the Crises Around Trump – Jeremy W. Peters (The New York Times, May 17, 2017).

UPDATES: The White House’s Absolutely Brutal Night, in Six Headlines – Aaron Blake (The Washington Post, May 18, 2017).
How Does This End?: Four Alternatives for the Scandal-plagued Presidency of Donald Trump – McKay Coppins (The Atlantic, May 18, 2017).
As Impeachment Talk Grows, Have Trump’s Former Top Aides Already Cut Deals with Federal Prosecutors? – Steven Rosenfeld (AlterNet via Salon, May 21, 2017).
Rep. Al Green Faces Lynching Threats After Calling for Trump’s Impeachment – Daniel Politi (Slate, May 21, 2017).
The Obstruction of Justice Case Against the Trump White House Just Got a Lot Stronger – Leon Neyfakh (Slate, May 23, 2017).
Trump Impeachment Process Set to Begin as Democrat Al Green Files Articles – Michele Gorman (Newsweek, June 7, 2017).
It Will Get Worse: The False Promise of Trump’s Impeachment Will Not Save America From True Disaster – Jamelle Bouie (Slate, July 6, 2017).
House Democrat Files Article of Impeachment Against Trump – Cristina Marcos (The Hill, July 12, 2017).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Quote of the Day – May 13, 2017
Quote of the Day – April 2, 2017
Quote of the Day – March 26, 2017
Quote of the Day – March 16, 2017
A Profoundly Troubling and Tragic Indictment
Let's Hope So . . .
"The Movement of Love and Inclusion Has Just Been Unleashed"
Something to Think About – January 20, 2017
"It Is All Connected"
Quote of the Day – January 11, 2017
Quote of the Day – December 25, 2016
On International Human Rights Day, Saying "No" to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda
Progressive Perspectives on the Election of Donald Trump as President of the United States
Carrying It On
Progressive Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump
Trump's Playbook

Image 1: Bill Clark/Newscom.
Image 2: Yuri Gripas/Reuters.

1 comment:

Michael J. Bayly said...

Writes journalist and former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather via Facebook:

"And then the dam broke.

"A flood is coming that will shape the future of our Republic in ways no one can predict. Except that the speed with which this has all happened, just over a hundred days into President Donald Trump's dumpster fire of an administration, means it was all very predictable. And no one who played a role in normalizing this President should be allowed to forget it.

"We have news that the Department of Justice, under Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, will appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the [alleged] Russia interference scandal. Apparently the President was only given a 30 minute heads up, and it came while he was interviewing new heads for the FBI. The Special Counsel will be former FBI Director Robert Mueller. These types of investigations tend to stir up more dirt than anyone thought was there. We will see if that happens now.

"The stock market plummets. The White House staff is in chaos. The chorus of Republicans suddenly eager to be on the right side of history gets louder. Most of the time Washington moves in slow motion - except when it doesn't. And this moment is one of those times. We are living in a news cycle that can be measured in nanoseconds.

"And amidst the news, another blockbuster report by The Washington Post. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy apparently said last June that he thought Putin pays Trump. At which point Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who was also there, stopped the conversation and swore those who were present to secrecy. When the Post asked about the incident, spokesmen for both representatives denied the story on the record. When they were informed that the Post reporters had heard a tape of the exchange, they changed their tune - saying it was a joke.

"What all this makes clear is that the concerns which now threaten the integrity of our government were well known and played for cynical theater. Well, the curtain may be coming down on this act of this tragedy. New actors wait to take the stage for a drama for which the script is yet to be written."