Republican Rep. Tom Reed in an op/ed published Monday evening in The New York Times backed censuring President Donald Trump over impeaching him during his final days in office.
But Reed, a lawmaker from New York's Southern Tier region, also opened the door to barring Trump from holding federal office again in the future.
"Such options include censure, criminal proceedings and actions under the 14th Amendment, after a complete and thorough investigation into the events leading up to the assault on the Capitol," Reed wrote in the op/ed. "I intend to join with my House colleagues in the introduction of a censure resolution Tuesday to ensure accountability occurs without delay for the events of Jan. 6. We must also look at alternatives that could allow Congress to bar Mr. Trump from holding federal office in the future."
Reed's op/ed comes as Democrats in the House of Representatives this week are moving forward with articles of impeachment against the president as many lawmakers blame Trump's rhetoric for the riot at the U.S. Capitol by his supporters that left five people dead.
Reed is a co-leader of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in the House and was among the Republicans in November to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Reed on Wednesday crossed the aisle in the House to vote in favor of certifying the election.