A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to resign in light of the firing of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, accusing him of obstructing justice.
The lawmakers, led by Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, sent a letter to the president’s attorneys in response to Flynn’s firing on Tuesday, saying he had broken the law and should resign.
In their letter, the lawmakers called for the dismissal of Mueller, who has been overseeing the probe into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
They also called on the president to release his tax returns, which they said could provide evidence of his possible financial conflicts of interest.
Democrats are also urging the president and his attorneys to issue a public statement saying Flynn’s resignation is appropriate.
“In the midst of an impeachment process, the president should be able to demonstrate his innocence by answering questions in court,” the lawmakers wrote.
“Instead, he has instead chosen to undermine our democracy and put our country at risk.
We urge you to resign as the nation’s leader, rather than the president of the United States, before the president is found guilty of these charges.”
Mueller, a former FBI director, was appointed to investigate the possible collusion of Trump’s campaign with Russia.
He has been leading a separate investigation into the 2016 election that has not yet been publicly announced.