The former deputy director of economic policy for the Trump transition team said people within the current administration support calls to impeach the president, reports Newsweek.
“If you look at the Mueller report, it’s clear it’s a referral to Congress to begin impeachment proceedings,” J.W. Verret said while speaking on CNN’s New Day Thursday morning, describing himself as a “Trump pragmatist.”
“I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from my friends who work on Capitol Hill and the administration who say that they’re glad I’m doing what I’m doing,” referring to his recent calls to begin impeachment proceedings.
CNN anchor John Berman asked Verret if people in the Trump administration “would be in favor, then, of an impeachment?”
“I’ll just say most of them say, ‘We’re glad you’re doing what you’re doing. We’re proud of you,'” Verret replied.
The lifelong Republican called for impeachment proceedings to begin in an opinion article published Tuesday in The Atlantic.
In the piece titled, “The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point”, Verret said he had “never considered joining the Never Trump Republican efforts,” which he regarded as unpragmatic, but that the Mueller report had served as a “tipping point.”
George Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, called for Trump’s impeachment after the release of the Mueller report, writing that it was “worse than the misconduct that led to Nixon’s resignation.”
“Trump violated that oath and put his own vanity and self-interest above that of the nation and people whose laws and Constitution he swore to faithfully execute and uphold,” he also tweeted.
George W. Bush’s former speechwriter, Michael Gerson, called for the House to “lay the groundwork for impeachment,” arguing that failing to do so would encourage foreign meddling in U.S. elections.