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 TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 AmashTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate MORE's (R-Mich) comments from over the weekend.

Coleman’s reasoning echoes Amash’s, arguing that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s report showed Trump and members of his campaign “on multiple occasions welcomed Russian interference on his behalf during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

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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.