A black Texas congressman says callers have threatened to lynch him after he announced his intention to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Rep Al Green, D-Texas, on Wednesday delivered a fiery speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he called on his colleagues to impeach Trump over his firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials. Green called that move a glaring case of obstruction of justice and said Congress needs to show that “no one is above the law.”
Green said a torrent of violent, racist messages soon followed, some of which he played at a town hall in his home district in southern Houston on Saturday. In video posted online, two callers repeatedly call him the N-word, with one vowing to hang him from a tree.
The seven-term Democrat told the crowd of about 100 people that he decided to air the recordings to show his constituents the threats he’s facing every day.
“When a person talks about lynching you, we think that’s a pretty serious threat,” Green said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe to be the right thing to do and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump.”
Trump, a Republican, has called investigations into his campaign the “greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history” and has defended his decision to fire Comey. The Department of Justice initially said Comey was fired because he mishandled an investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but Trump himself later said that the Russia investigation factored into his decision.
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SOURCE: USA Today