Former GOP Rep. Tom Coleman, from Missouri, penned a powerful Op-Ed that appeared in The Kansas City Star Wednesday. In it he calls not only for the impeachment of the pretender Trump, but also his chief enabler, V.P. Pence and says their installation in the two top positions in the executive branch was illegitimate.

Kansas City Star

“According to the redacted Mueller report, candidate Donald Trump, along with members of his team, on multiple occasions welcomed Russian interference on his behalf during the 2016 presidential campaign. For example, the report details a meeting between the Trump campaign chairman and a Russian intelligence asset where polling information and campaign strategy were shared.

While Mueller did not find sufficient evidence that Trump or his campaign had violated a criminal statute, the net effect was that the Trump campaign encouraged a foreign adversary to use and misrepresent stolen information on social media platforms to defraud U.S. voters. Because the presidency was won in this way, the president’s election victory brought forth nothing less than an illegitimate presidency…

…Because DOJ regulations put a president above the law while in office, I believe 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. 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. Both were part of the articles of impeachment brought against President Richard Nixon. This process would allow a full public review of wrongdoing, while providing Americans an opportunity to obtain a better understanding of the consequences to our national security and the lingering threat to our democracy.

If this process leads to impeaching Trump in the House of Representatives and also results in convicting him in the Senate, his illegitimacy would survive through Vice President Mike Pence’s succession to the presidency. Because the misdeeds were conducted to assure the entire Trump-Pence ticket was elected, both former candidates — Pence as well as Trump — have been disgraced and discredited. To hand the presidency to an illegitimate vice president would be to approve and reward the wrongdoing while the lingering stench of corruption would trail any Pence administration, guaranteeing an untenable presidency. If Trump is impeached, then Pence should not be allowed to become president. The vice president should resign or be impeached as well if for no other reason that he has been the chief enabler for this illegitimate president.”

Coleman is sympathetic to the argument that impeachment might initially be unpopular but insists that political calculations should take a back seat to the well being of the country, as well as basic morality.

And he posits a dire prediction should the House fail to pursue its Constitutional duty:

 “What if House Democrats decide not to embark on impeachment? If that were the case, 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. To encourage wrongdoing is to give up on the rule of law and our democracy. To give up on the rule of law and democracy invites autocracy and eventually dictatorship. History has taught us this outcome. In my lifetime, it has occurred in other places including the Soviet Union and Germany, as well as in Russia and Venezuela today.”

And who can doubt the validity of his argument?

As we’ve seen just this week, with the espionage charges leveled against Julian Assange, meant to chill investigative journalism and possibly to prevent his extradition to the U.S. so that he cannot be called to testify to the Trump campaign’s possible complicity in his crimes, and bestowing upon his puppet Attorney General powers to cherry-pick and declassify Intelligence Community info selectively to mimic the methods of the once Devin Nunes controlled House Intelligence Committee, Trump will continue to law break with impunity while further endangering our Republic. 

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9 Comments on "Former GOP Rep. Tom Coleman: Trump, Pence are illegitimate. Impeach them."

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Rita Tecoma
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I agree, they both must go.

ReaderRay
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“To condone wrongdoing is to encourage more of it. To encourage wrongdoing is to give up on the rule of law and our democracy.” This is the reason that dems need to begin impeachment. Trump and his enablers get bolder and more autocratic by the day. We can’t wait for the republicans to agree. While I’m not sure how impeachment will end, I’m afraid that without impeachment democracy will be lost.

Carol O
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In a more perfect world, not only would both tRump and Pants be impeached, but all fruit of that poisoned tree would be reversed. Everything this maladministration has done (all of it evil and destructive) would be undone: all executive orders, nominations, pardons, undoing of previous laws, everything would be undone. In a more perfect world.

Lil Blue Sock
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Plus if Trump and his pal the talking penis were both impeached and removed that would make a President Pelosi.

Lil Blue Sock
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By not pursuing the Articles of Impeachment prescribed in the Constitution as a remedy for a criminal president, IMO, Pelosi opens herself up to impeachment for dereliction of duty and disqualifying her oath to protect the Constitution. I agree with the Op-Ed opinion that by not adhering to the prescription laid forth in the Constitution for political reasons, Pelosi is engaged in the same party first shenanigans as the Republicans. She, through her inaction, is an accomplice in their misdeeds. I’m hoping that she is delaying action until the various financials are released in order to strike. Even with the… Read more »
Steve
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The sooner the better. Then the nation can perhaps start repairing and reversing the significant damage wrought to our economy, our military, our environment, our trade relations, our disarmament treaties, our race relations, our climate, our education system, our system of laws including civil and criminal procedures, and our world reputation. Everything Trump and Pence and the GOP-Nazis have messed with in the US has become chaotic, weakened, ill, disassociated, crumbling, dis-unified. Will take 2 decades to fully recover and rebuild on a stronger foundation with laws to make sure this NEVER happens again.

Alfred Higgins
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It may take a few more generations than “2 decades” for the nation to recover. As demonstrated by the tRump usurpation of the presidency, we are not yet over the American Civil War.

Lilac
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I am kind of amazed that a GOP former representative is making this argument. It has always seemed like the only fair and prudent thing to do from my vantage point. The ticket cheated. They both need to go. But I am surprised that a Republican would say so. And by the way, if the ticket is illegitimate, then their Supreme Court appointments are, too.

Kay Williams
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Tom Coleman is a certified lunitec. Maybe his big retirement benefits should be used for brain surgery. We are not free!!!!!!! Tell us where!!!!! Get a decent life. Pence too!!!!!! Hasn’t uttered 5 words since elected. Coleman sucks!!!!!!!