US Congressman Al Green said Wednesday in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives that President Donald Trump must be impeached.
"I rise today Mr. Speaker to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice," Green stated.
Green noted that Trump obstructed justice by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, who was conducting an investigation into alleged connections between the Trump campaign, Russia and the 2016 US election.
It is time for the American people to let Congress know where they stand on the issue of impeachment, Green added, and he called on citizens to sign a petition supporting Trump's impeachment.
Earlier in the day, he announced his intention on Twitter.
"Today on the floor of the Congress of the United States of America, I will call for the Impeachment of the President between 9am & 10am CST," Green stated.
According to a survey by Public Policy Polling released on Tuesday, some 48 percent of US voters believe Trump should be impeached, for the first time exceeding those who oppose the idea.
The poll attributed the backlash against Trump to the firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as widespread opposition to legislation approved by the House of Representatives that would rollback benefits under Obamacare.