A Former Member Of The President’s Transition Team Calls For His Impeachment

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A member of the republican President Donald Trump’s transition team J.W. Verret is calling for his impeachment after studying the 3/22/2019 FBI’s final report regarding its 22 months long Trump-Russia probe led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.

Mr. Mueller was barred by the US DOJ Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel’s from indicting President Trump for all his felonious acts as described in Mr. Mueller’s report because of a legal memo from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that specifically instructs how the special counsel cannot indict a sitting US president for criminal activity.

Mr. Mueller was required to deliver the FBI’s final report to the head of the DOJ, the Attorney General William Barr which he did.  Surprising all of us, Mr. Barr took on the role of the president’s personal attorney versus representing the American peoples, by revealing publicly his conclusion that the president had been exonerated for conspiring with Russians in its 2016 attacks against US elections’ infrastructure and for ‘obstruction of justice’ criminal charges. He deliberately lied about what was contained in the FBI’s final report, where the Special Counsel Mueller took just the opposite stance, that based on his findings, he could not exonerate the president.

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It’s now in the hands of the US Congress to act by holding the president accountable for his misdeeds, as it’s the only governing US institution empowered by the US Constitution to take action.

The Democratic Party leadership is pushing for intense, serious oversight hearings in the House without starting the impeachment inquiry, but the White House is promising to resist any of its subpoenas for documents and the appearance of key witnesses. It’ll take months to fight the president’s intransigence in the courts. Once there’s the legal status of an impeachment inquiry ongoing process initiated by the US House, the oversight committees are automatically granted significantly more power to obtain pertinent data like President Trump’s financial records.

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On April 23, 2019, J. W. Verret of the Atlantic penned the following report, “The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point” (“I was a Trump transition staffer, and I’ve seen enough. It’s time for impeachment.”)

Excerpts:

“Let’s start at the end of this story. This weekend, I read Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report twice, and realized that enough was enough—I needed to do something. I’ve worked on every Republican presidential transition team for the past 10 years and recently served as counsel to the Republican-led House Financial Services Committee. My permanent job is as a law professor at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, which is not political, but where my colleagues have held many prime spots in Republican administrations.”

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“If you think calling for the impeachment of a sitting Republican president would constitute career suicide for someone like me, you may end up being right. But I did exactly that this weekend, tweeting that it’s time to begin impeachment proceedings.”

“Let’s go back to the beginning. In August 2016, I interviewed to join the pre-transition team of Donald Trump. Since 2012, every presidential election stands up a pre-transition team for both candidates, so that the real transition will have had a six-month head start when the election is decided. I participated in a similar effort for Mitt Romney, and despite our defeat, it was a thrilling and rewarding experience. I walked into a conference room at Jones Day that Don McGahn had graciously arranged to lend to the folks interviewing for the transition team.”

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“The question I feared inevitably opened the interview: “How do you feel about Donald Trump?” I could not honestly say I admired him. While working on Senator Marco Rubio’s primary campaign, I had watched Trump throw schoolyard nicknames at him. I gave the only honest answer I could: “I admire the advisers he’s chosen, like Larry Kudlow and David Malpass, and I admire his choice of VP.” That did the trick. I got the impression they’d heard that one before. I was one of the first 16 members of Trump’s transition team, as deputy director of economic policy.”

“In time, my work for the transition became awkward. I disagreed with Trump’s rhetoric on immigration and trade. I also had strong concerns about his policies in my area of financial regulation. The hostility to Russian sanctions from the policy team, particularly from those members picked by Paul Manafort, was even more unsettling.”

“I wasn’t very good at hiding my distaste. We parted ways in October amicably; I wasn’t the right fit. I wished many of my friends who worked on the transition well, and I respected their decision to stay on after Trump won. A few of them even arranged offers for policy jobs in the White House, which I nearly accepted but ultimately turned down, as I knew I’d be no better fit there than I had been on the transition.”

“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. The man whom I most admire in that regard is McGahn, Trump’s first White House counsel, who guided the president toward some amazing nominees for regulatory agencies and the judiciary.”

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“I wanted to share my experience transitioning from Trump team member to pragmatist about Trump to advocate for his impeachment, because I think many other Republicans are starting a similar transition. Politics is a team sport, and if you actively work within a political party, there is some expectation that you will follow orders and rally behind the leader, even when you disagree. There is a point, though, at which that expectation turns from a mix of loyalty and pragmatism into something more sinister, a blind devotion that serves to enable criminal conduct.”

“The Mueller report was that tipping point for me, and it should be for Republican and independent voters, and for Republicans in Congress. In the face of a Department of Justice policy that prohibited him from indicting a sitting president, Mueller drafted what any reasonable reader would see as a referral to Congress to commence impeachment hearings.”

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“Depending on how you count, roughly a dozen separate instances of obstruction of justice are contained in the Mueller report. 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. In impeachment proceedings, the House serves as a sort of grand jury and the Senate conducts the trial. There is enough in the Mueller report to commence the Constitution’s version of a grand-jury investigation in the form of impeachment proceedings.”

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“The Founders knew that impeachment would be, in part, a political exercise. They decided that the legislative branch would operate as the best check on the president by channeling the people’s will. Congress has an opportunity to shape that public sentiment with the hearings ahead. As sentiments shift, more and more Republicans in Congress will feel emboldened to stand up to the president. The nation has been through this drama before, with more than a year of hearings in the Richard Nixon scandal, which ultimately forced his resignation.”

Link to article: The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point

See: Yoni Appelbaum: The Mueller report is an impeachment referral

11 comments

  1. The problem with calling for impeachment, it seems to me, is that it will simply get a deeply disturbed man riled up and it will go nowhere. The Senate will not rid us of this man. The wisest course of action is to continue to probe former dirt and then use it in the upcoming campaign to make sure he is not reelected. We are dealing with a loose canon on the deck here.

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    • We also need to consider the problem of who will take his place! Do we really want to place the American Taliban in charge? I suggest that to our nation’s survival Mike Pence is as dangerous if not more dangerous than donald trump! We have the power to prevent most of trump’s agenda from being implemented, by effectively blocking all legislative action he needs to accomplish his goal of total control, and that is the direction that needs to be taken..

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      • Dear Crustyolemothman,

        I’m thinking that the impeachment process will last over a year and that President Trump will not be ousted by the US Senate.

        Timing is crucial. The president wants to run out the clock by resisting any and all requests for documents, testimony by key witnesses, subpoenas. this means the US congress will spend months in the courts to force the White House to cooperate.

        All of the above becomes a much easier process, once the ‘articles of impeachment’ are invoked because with this status, the same House Committee members have much more power to make these demands and to expect timely cooperation. Any wrangling in the courts will strongly favor the House because of the added powers.

        The sooner, the impeachment is started, the sooner the House can collect the president’s financial records which is his Achilles heel. Any upticks in the president’s approval ratings will be short lived, once the president’s nefarious financial dealings are revealed.

        Hugs, Gronda

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        • Any upticks in the president’s approval ratings will be short lived, once the president’s nefarious financial dealings are revealed.

          I wouldn’t count on it. There are some VERY hardcore supporters out there. Many would agree with tRumpsky that it’s all about the DEMOCRATS … never about him.

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    • Dear Hugh,

      I am thinking that the US Congress will be forced to invoke ‘articles of impeachment’ as the White House is refusing to cooperate in any way with the US House oversight committees. The president is refusing to honor subpoenas. This means Congress will spend months in the courts to overcome this intransigence.

      The rules around impeachment give these same House Oversight Committee members much more power to collect crucial documents like the president’s financial records. This alone makes starting the impeachment process worth it even if the US Senate opposes it.

      I’ve long been concerned about how the president’s financial dealings with Russia and Saudi Arabia make him a compromised leader. For me, the president represents a national security risk.

      I suspect that the president may get a boost in the polls by painting the Democrats as overreaching but this will be short lived once his financial dealings are made public.

      There’s a reason he’s fighting this tooth and nail.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Gronda, the fact that some Republicans are now openly talking about this is telling. Adding to this former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who is running in a primary against Trump, has called for Trump to resign. Finally, former GOP Senator Bob Corker is calling for a bigger name to run against Trump in the primary.

    Yet, right now, the GOP members of Congress need to step up and tell the President, if we subpoena anyone, they better show up. If these folks cave-in to Trump, that means we have an autocracy. If they don’t, they better back the Dems when they throw a few no-shows in jail.

    A few in the GOP are finally realizing they have an “oh-shit” moment and need to act. Barr bought some time, but the death spiral for Trump continues. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      I’m grateful for the conservative GOP members or recent ex-GOP voters who are choosing to speak out against the reelection of President Trump and who are not whitewashing the Mueller report. We can’t let the GOP Trumpians in the White House, and the US Congress frame the Mueller report as a ‘NOTHING BURGER,’ as it is a serious document amounting to in indictment for ‘Obstruction of Justice’ criminal charges.

      You are right. The Dems had better get serious about making sure that their subpoenas carry some bite/ negative consequences. They need to gain access to the president’s financial records asap. The Ron McGahn and Mr. Mueller needs to testify. I don’t care if the AG William Barr doesn’t show up.

      Thanks a million times over for all your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. The ways things are structed he will probably will escape impeachment He may have his base who will stick with him, Denial being a powerful urge. However since he has failed to convince the majority he is ‘not so bad’, his legacy will be one of tatters and ridicule. A ‘terrible’ fate for a egotist.

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    • Dear Roger,

      I want the Democrats to fight back by filing ‘Articles of Impeachment,’ not out of anger or an act of vengeance, but because this is the right thing to do.

      The framers of our US Constitution gave the US House the power to start/ invoke the ‘Articles of Impeachment” for just this set of circumstances. The impeachment process grants the House a lot more power to collect pertinent data, like the president’s financial records. In addition, the Supreme Court is barred from interfering with the impeachment process.

      In US history, the impeachment designation has never passed the US Senate but the word impeachment forever mars those, where the “Articles of Impeachment’ had been invoked. The charges that would be attributed to President Trump are much more egregious than past presidents who were impeached.

      he FBI was blocked by Office of Legal Counsel rules stating that the president can’t be criminally indicted until he is out of office and that meant Mr. Mueller couldn’t even say that he was criminally liable. What He did was outline all the ‘Obstruction of Justice’ criminal acts that President Trump did where the US Congress is supposed to do its part by starting the impeachment process. But they are fearing political repercussions and are resisting taking this step.

      I’m arguing that they don’t have a choice but to act. What happens if by some fluke, President Trump does win reelection? What sort of precedent does not holding the president accountable by impeachment, set for future presidents who also trample on the ‘rule of law?’

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • There are times when in a democracy a party must put aside tactics for the wishes of its base and to show the wavers they mean what they say.
        Too many will be disappointed or disillusioned if they do not bring this measure forward.

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