From the look of Donald Trump’s Twitter timeline, it’s pretty obvious he’s having a bad week. He’s gone completely off the deep end in both volume and content, and it’s really no wonder: It’s now clear that the attempted coverup of just how bad the Mueller report is for his administration has failed, and that Democrats in the House and possibly even the general public are eventually going to have access to an unredacted version of it.
But it’s not just that.
What the President found out in even the limited release of the report that cut him to the core was that those in his inner circle, the Trump sanctum into which you are rarely permitted without a non-disclosure agreement, turned on him when it was their time to talk to investigators. He was thrown under the bus over and over. That’s the sort of thing that Donald Trump cannot abide.
So when a member of his transition team, a lawyer named J.W. Verret, tweeted on Monday that the Mueller report contained enough damning information to justify Trump’s impeachment, it was a startlingly brave move:
Finished a second read through the Mueller Report. I don’t say this lightly, as a life long Republican, former R Hill staffer, and someone who has worked on every R campaign and pre-transition team for the last ten years. There is enough here to begin impeachment proceedings.
— J.W. Verret (@JWVerret) April 20, 2019
But Verret didn’t stop there. He was so disgusted with Trump and the fact that someone so clearly deserving of impeachment was still in office that he continued to lay out his case for exactly that, this time in an article in the Atlantic on Tuesday.
Why was it so brave? Because he didn’t just work for Trump. This is not like Sarah Sanders admitting she lied to America about the firing of James Comey and then turning around the next day and going back to doing her job exactly the same way. This guy has worked on every Republican campaign for a decade. And it’s not like he flipped into #NeverTrump world, a la Rick Wilson or Steve Schmidt or Bill Kristol:
I never considered joining the Never Trump Republican efforts. Their criticisms of President Trump’s lack of character and unfitness for office were spot-on, of course, but they didn’t seem very pragmatic. There was no avoiding the fact that he’d won, and like many others, I felt the focus should be on guiding his policy decisions in a constructive direction.”
It’s more that the man is a lawyer, and he sees the case clearly — the near-dozen instances of obstruction of justice, the witness tampering, and the clear disregard for the rule of law.
If only the rest of Republican America would start listening.
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