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Seven freshman Democrats pen op-ed urging Congress to impeach Trump if new allegations are true

A group of seven first-term House Democrats on Monday penned a joint op-ed urging Congress to use all of its powers to determine whether new allegations regarding President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE's interactions with the leader of Ukraine are true.

The lawmakers, who hail from competitive swing districts and who have experience in national security, wrote in The Washington Post that Trump should be impeached if allegations that he withheld military aid to Ukraine as part of an attempt to get the country to investigate the son of 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE are true. 

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"If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense. We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly, and we call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of 'inherent contempt' and impeachment hearings, to address these new allegations, find the truth and protect our national security," the congressman write. 

The op-ed was authored by Democratic Reps. Gil CisnerosGilbert (Gil) Ray CisnerosMORE (Calif.), Jason CrowJason CrowGiffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA House approves .2T COVID-19 relief bill as White House talks stall Lawmakers grill Pentagon over Trump's Germany drawdown MORE (Colo.) Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.), Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaOn The Money: Sides tiptoe towards a COVID deal, but breakthrough appears distant | Expiring benefits raise stakes of stimulus talks | Stocks fade with eyes on Capitol Democrat urges IRS to quickly process Gold Star families' refund requests Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch MORE (Va.), Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOvernight Defense: Armed Services chairman unsold on slashing defense budget | Democratic Senate report details 'damage, chaos' of Trump foreign policy | Administration approves .8B Taiwan arms sales Democratic House chairman trusts Pentagon won't follow 'unlawful orders' on election involvement Overnight Defense: National Guard says no federal requests for election security help | Dems accuse VA head of misusing resources | Army official links COVID-19 to troop suicides MORE (N.J.), Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinDemocratic House chairman trusts Pentagon won't follow 'unlawful orders' on election involvement Overnight Defense: National Guard says no federal requests for election security help | Dems accuse VA head of misusing resources | Army official links COVID-19 to troop suicides Esper ducks questions on military involvement in election MORE (Mich.) and Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerChamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Spanberger's GOP challenger raises over .8 million in third quarter Murphy: Russia will become more of a threat to US election while Trump is in quarantine MORE (Va.).

Trump is facing mounting scrutiny over reports that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July phone call to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. 

The call occurred around the same time the Trump administration moved to freeze $250 million in military aid to Ukraine, raising speculation from some lawmakers about whether the president used the aid as leverage in the talks. The president earlier this month released the aid after lawmakers raised concerns. 

"He allegedly sought to use the very security assistance dollars appropriated by Congress to create stability in the world, to help root out corruption and to protect our national security interests, for his own personal gain," the lawmakers wrote. "These allegations are stunning, both in the national security threat they pose and the potential corruption they represent."

The congressional Democrats decried Trump's actions as a "flagrant disregard for the law," adding that they "cannot stand." 

Trump on Monday denied discussing military aid with Zelensky during his talks with the Ukrainian leader, telling reporters at the United Nations General Assembly that he "did not make a statement that you have to do this or I’m not going to give you aid."

The latest allegations against Trump have led to renewed calls from many Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings against the president. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGreenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that impeachment "may be the only remedy" if the reports that Trump pressured Ukraine for info on a political opponent are true.

Freshman Minnesota Reps. Dean Phillips (D) and Angie Craig (D), both of whom defeated Republican incumbents last year, on Monday raised calls for impeachment following reports of Trump's talks with Ukraine.