Ex-GOP lawmaker pens op-ed calling for Trump to be impeached

Former Rep. Tom Coleman (R-Mo.) has penned an op-ed calling for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE to be impeached.

Coleman's Thursday op-ed in the Kansas City Star comes as calls for impeachment heat up from both Democratic lawmakers and at least one Republican, with Coleman amplifying Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses DC theatre to host 11-hour reading of the Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Senate sets hearing on Facebook's cryptocurrency plans | FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children's privacy | GOP senator riles tech with bill targeting liability shield | FAA pushed to approve drone deliveries MORE's (R-Mich) comments from over the weekend.

Coleman’s reasoning echoes Amash’s, arguing that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE’s report showed Trump and members of his campaign “on multiple occasions welcomed Russian interference on his behalf during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

The 75-year-old former lawmaker, who left the House in 1993 after more than 15 years in Congress, noted that there are “political reasons” against pushing for impeachment, but wrote that “politics should not rule the day.”

“Partisan politics is what got us to this dangerous place — so dangerous, I believe, that the survival of our democracy is at risk,” he wrote.

Coleman noted that Mueller’s report not only identified several instances in which Trump’s campaign was open to receiving assistance from Russia, but said Trump also attempted to hinder the investigation.

“Mueller declined to charge the sitting president because of current Department of Justice regulations that prohibit it,” Coleman wrote. “That policy is wrong in my opinion, and must be changed in the future when reason and rationality return to our politics.”

Coleman concluded that the responsibility now falls on the House to move forward with impeachment proceedings against Trump.

“There is a trove of evidence in the Mueller report indicating Trump has committed multiple impeachable offenses, including abuse of power and lying to the American public,” Coleman wrote. “Both were part of the articles of impeachment brought against President Richard Nixon.”

Coleman also cautioned that should House Democrats choose not to proceed with impeachment proceedings, both the country and the future may not look fondly on the decision.

“I believe the public would conclude Democrats are no better than the Republicans who have enabled Trump for the past two years, putting party above country. It could hand Trump a second term. Failure to pursue impeachment is to condone wrongdoing. To condone wrongdoing is to encourage more of it,” he warned.