A former Republican lawmaker who served 17 years in the House of Representatives called Trump an "illegitimate president" and said he should be charged. "I'm calling for impeachment now because the Müller report comes out and describes [special counsel Robert Mueller] 10 impediments to prosecution charges against the Justice Department, which he was unable to argue based on a piece of legislation that says you can not sue. That's number one, "said former MP Tom Coleman, who represented Missouri in the House of Representatives from 1976 to 1993, to Erin Burnett of CNN.
Coleman also said that Trump is a " illegitimate president " because he welcomed the help and influence of the Russians in his election campaign. As an example he mentioned the way in which his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort communicated information "a Russian intelligence article" during a meeting in New York. "It's wrong and needs to be handled and reviewed by Congress because I believe it's a criminal offense," he said.
Coleman had previously talked about the impeachment in an article in the Kansas City Star. In the play, Coleman argues that although Mueller has "found insufficient evidence that Trump or his campaign violated criminal law," the way Trump welcomed the help of a foreign power means that "electoral victory In the post, Coleman notes that some Democrats are reluctant to discuss the impeachment and that the instinct is "understandable … but critical times require extraordinary leadership." At the moment, "the only one is viable option provided for under Article II of Section 4 of the Constitution to initiate its own investigations, hold public hearings, and then decide whether to impeach the President by impeachment. "
If the impeachment process does not continue, "I believe the public is coming to the conclusion that Democrats are no better than the Republicans who have enabled Trump over the last two years and are putting the party over the country," wrote Coleman. "It could give Trump a second term."
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