A former member of the current president’s transition team, and a current law school professor, is speaking out about the need for his fellow Republicans to support efforts to impeach President Donald Trump.
J.W. Verret, a law school professor at George Mason University, has been a part of every presidential transition team for the past ten years. That includes Trump’s transition team, for which he briefly was a part of from August 2016 to October of the same year (it’s standard practice for transition teams of both major political parties to begin to formulate well-before the election even takes place).
Verret applied and became deputy director of economics policy for the transition team. But it soon became apparent that the law professor — who wasn’t a big fan of Trump’s style to begin with — wasn’t fitting in well with the rest of the Republican candidate’s team, or with the candidate himself.
A life-long Republican and professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School believes it is time for Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.
— Gerry Perlman (@PerlmanGerry) April 22, 2019
“I disagreed with Trump’s rhetoric on immigration and trade,” Verret wrote in an op-ed piece for The Atlantic, published on Tuesday morning. “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.”
Verret admitted he wasn’t “very good at hiding my distaste,” and soon parted ways with the transition team. He also mentions that he turned down positions offered to him in the White House after Trump won the election in November.
Verret supported the Trump administration in a cautious way, stating he was a pragmatic supporter of a Republican being in the White House more-so than of Trump himself. But after the recent release of the Russia report compiled by special counsel Robert Mueller, Verret said he couldn’t stay silent any longer. He issued a tweet calling for impeachment proceedings to begin over the past weekend.
Verret explained his support for the impeachment process to being:
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.
He added that he wasn’t comfortable with the way the Mueller report detailed Trump’s attempts at obstructing justice, “[dangling] pardons in front of witnesses to encourage them to lie to the special counsel,” as well as the president making orders to people to lie to Mueller “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,” he added. “At a minimum, there’s enough here to get the impeachment process started.”
If Trump is impeached, it’ll benefit everyone, including the party to which Verret belongs to, he said
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