Former GOP senator Trent Franks, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been pushing for President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
He called Trump “a con man” and “a disgrace to the office of president” in a letter to Trump, who responded by accusing Franks of being “incompetent” and of trying to distract from the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
In the letter, published Friday, Franks asked Trump to immediately release his tax returns, saying he wanted to know whether Trump’s business interests in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., were legal and whether he paid taxes in the U.S. and abroad.
“I want to know: Does he still own the Trump Hotel?
Does he have a hotel that he’s using as a primary residence?” he asked.
Franks also called Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey “deeply troubling” and accused him of “misleading the American people.”
“He should be impeach [sic] because of what he has done to the FBI, and the FBI should be a constitutional institution, not an illegal one,” he wrote.
The Washington Post first reported that the senator, who is not running for re-election in 2018, has called on Trump to resign.
After the FBI concluded its probe into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, the White House said that Trump fired Comey for misleading Congress about his meetings with former President Richard Nixon.
Trump has denied that he fired Comey over the Russia probe.
Since the letter was published Friday by The Washington Post, Trump has not responded.
During his 2016 campaign, Trump frequently attacked Democrats, accusing them of being politically motivated and a part of the establishment.
At the time, Trump was still considered a frontrunner for the GOP nomination for president.
According to The Washington Times, the letter has been met with skepticism from some members of the Senate Republican Conference, as well as members of Trump’s own party.
Several Republicans, including Sen. Roy Blunt, have said they don’t think Trump should be removed.
Blunt has also called for Trump to “step aside” as president.