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Ex-GOP Congressman Says It’s Time To Impeach Trump, Calls Him An ‘Illegitimate President’


Ex-GOP Congressman Says It’s Time To Impeach Trump, Calls Him An ‘Illegitimate President’

A former Republican congressman who served for 17 years in the House of Representatives called Friday for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, who he said is an “illegitimate president.”

“I’m calling for impeachment now because the Mueller report is out, and in it (special counsel Robert Mueller) describes 10 obstruction of justice charges that he could not bring because of a Department of Justice rule and regulation that says you can’t indict a sitting president — that’s (reason) number one,” former Rep. Tom Coleman, who represented Missouri for nearly two decades, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront.”

“Number two, I believe this is an illegitimate President because he welcomed help and influence from the Russians in his campaign,” he said. “For example, his (campaign) chairman Paul Manafort met with a Russian intelligence asset in New York and shared with him their polling information and a strategy on how to win the Midwestern states.”

Coleman continued: “It’s wrong and it needs to be handled and looked at by the Congress because I believe it’s an impeachable offense.”

Coleman told Burnett he believes Trump is “dismantling our democracy every day brick-by-brick (through) his actions, his lies, his abuse of power.”

The former congressman had earlier argued the case for impeachment in an op-ed piece Wednesday in the Kansas City Star titled: “Former GOP Rep. Tom Coleman: Trump, Pence are illegitimate. Impeach them.”

In the piece, Coleman argues that even though Mueller “did not find sufficient evidence that Trump or his campaign had violated a criminal statute” the way Trump welcomed help from a foreign power means that “the president’s election victory brought forth nothing less than an illegitimate presidency.”

He also notes that some Democrats are reluctant to discuss impeachment and that instinct is “understandable … but critical times require exceptional leadership.” For now, “the only viable option available is for the House of Representatives, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, to open its own investigation, hold public hearings and then determine if they should pursue removal of the president through impeachment.”


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