J.W. Verret, a former member of Trump’s transition team and current law professor at George Mason University is calling for Trump’s impeachment following the release of the Muller report, according to the Huffington Post.
On Tuesday, Verrett told CNN, “This is serious stuff. The Mueller report I think is something you can’t look away from. I mean you have to admit it: The emperor has no clothes.”
Beginning in August 2016, Verret was deputy director of economic policy on Trump’s presidential transition team. After two months, he quit. On Tuesday he published an op-ed in The Atlantic where he discussed his concerns about Trump’s immigration policy, Trump’s views on financial regulation, and Trump’s views on Russia. Verrett says his views on Trump have evolved negatively over time.
“The Mueller report was that tipping point for me,” Verret wrote, “and it should be for Republican and independent voters, and for Republicans in Congress.”
As many others believe, Verret says he thinks Mueller did not charge Trump with a crime due to a Justice Department policy which prohibits indicting the sitting president.
“Depending on how you count, roughly a dozen separate instances of obstruction of justice are contained in the Mueller report,” Verret wrote. “The president dangled pardons in front of witnesses to encourage them to lie to the special counsel, and directly ordered people to lie to throw the special counsel off the scent.”
“This elaborate pattern of obstruction may have successfully impeded the Mueller investigation from uncovering a conspiracy to commit more serious crimes. At a minimum, there’s enough here to get the impeachment process started,” Verrett continued.
Verrett initially called for Trump to be impeached via Twitter on Saturday. He tweeted: “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.”
During Verrett’s CNN interview, he asked Republicans to start asking “serious questions.”
“The first brave thing Republicans in Congress should do, and I admire a lot of them up there, is just start to ask serious questions at the hearings,” Verret said. “It doesn’t mean you have to admit guilt. But the pure sort of block and tackle for the president just to show loyalty on TV when he watches it later ― that’s got to stop.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is showing resistance in beginning impeachment proceedings. In a letter to her colleagues on Monday, she wrote: “As you know, last Thursday’s release of the redacted Mueller Report has caused a public outcry for truth and accountability,” Pelosi wrote. “While our views range from proceeding to investigate the finding of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth.”
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