Ex-Rep lawmaker: 'illegitimate president ' Trump should be impeached

Tehran, May 26, IRNA – A former Republican congressman who served for nearly two decades in the House called Donald Trump on Friday as an "illegitimate president" and called for his impeachment.

"I'm calling for impeachment now because the Mueller report is out, and in it [special counsel Robert Mueller] describes 10 obstructions 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," former Republican Tom Coleman told CNN’s Erin Burnett, according to The Hill.

The longtime lawmaker, who left the Congress in 1993, said his other reason for calling for the president to be removed was because Trump "welcomed help and influence" from Russians during his campaign.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, has clashed with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler this week over calls for Trump’s impeachment, which Pelosi has resisted.

Coleman said that the Constitution’s “high crimes and misdemeanors” clauses defining impeachable misconduct by a president is often interpreted as too narrow, The Hill wrote.

“I think there is some confusion that it has to be a crime to be impeachable,” he explained. “You know, abuse of power, lying to the American people were two grounds for Nixon’s articles of impeachment before he resigned.

He added, "It’s not a crime to lie to the American people, but if you do it every day 10 or 20 or 50 times, then you’re getting into the area where you should be impeached.”

"I think there is some confusion that it has to be a crime to be impeachable. Abuse of power, lying to the American people were two grounds for Nixon's articles of impeachment before he resigned." –

Citing some “inherently corrupt” actions noted in the Mueller report, another Republican, representative, Justin Amash  from Michigan, have repeatedly called for Trump’s impeachment.

The report following the nearly two-year investigation found that Russia sought to help Trump win in the 2016 presidential election, but that the Trump campaign did not directly assist in that process, The Hill added.

Mueller, however, noted that the Trump campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts."


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