A George Mason University law professor who briefly worked on President Trump’s transition team is calling for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
J.W. Verret, who worked as deputy director of economic policy for Trump’s presidential transition from August to October 2016, said last week that there was “enough” in Mueller’s report to justify it.
That does not suggest what the outcome of such a proceeding will be, impeachment is only the beginning of an inquiry. Analogous to a grand jury investigation. But it’s time, it really is.
— J.W. Verret (@JWVerret) April 20, 2019
I’m a law professor at Scalia Law School, I worked as a Republican Senior Counsel for the House Financial Services Committee. We can agree to disagree, but it’s time to impeach Trump. There’s more than enough evidence in the Mueller Report to start. Retweet if you agree!
— J.W. Verret (@JWVerret) April 21, 2019
Verret explained on Tuesday that the Mueller report served as a “tipping point” for him, one that sparked him to transition “from Trump team member to pragmatist about Trump to advocate for his impeachment,” he wrote in The Atlantic.
The Hill notes:
Verret, who has worked on every Republican presidential transition team of the last decade, writes that he was one of the first individuals to join Trump’s after interviewing for the job in August 2016. But he noted that he “amicably” parted ways with the team in October after it became clear he wasn’t a fit. Verret said he never hid his distaste of Trump’s rhetoric on immigration and trade.
But he said never considered joining the “Never Trump” Republicans until the Mueller report’s release.
“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,” he wrote, adding that Trump’s “elaborate pattern of obstruction may have successfully impeded the Mueller investigation from uncovering a conspiracy to commit more serious crimes.”
“Republicans who stand up to Trump today may face some friendly fire,” Verret added. “Today’s Republican electorate seems spellbound by the sound bites of Twitter and cable news, for which Trump is a born wizard.
“Yet, in time, we can help rebuild the Republican Party, enabling it to rise from the ashes of the post-Trump apocalypse into a party with renewed commitment to principles of liberty, opportunity, and the rule of law.”