President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal just keeps getting worse.
As if asking the Ukrainian President to investigate his political rival wasn’t enough, we’ve now learned that Trump did the same with the Australian Prime Minister and possibly others, with Attorney General William Barr’s and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo‘s approval. Also concerning Americans are Trump’s calls to identify and even arrest the whistleblower whose complaint singlehandedly spurred impeachment proceedings against the President.
The scandal has grown so much that even a former Trump advisor says that Watergate comparisons don’t do these developments justice.
That former advisor is J.W. Verret, who worked on Trump’s pre-transition team and the pre-transition team of every Republican president for over a decade. He appeared on CNN Monday morning to discuss impeachment, and he didn’t have much good news for Trump.
“People have made the analogy to the Nixon-era scandals and Nixon’s resignation, but this is a lot worse than that.”
Former Trump transition staffer @JWVerret, who called for Trump's impeachment earlier this year, says this situation "is a lot worse" than Nixon. Here's part of his interview with @brikeilarCNN pic.twitter.com/mY07NeW8ht
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 30, 2019
“Nixon was a patriot. Of all the crazy things he did, he never would have accepted help from a foreign power for his own personal interest in an election, particularly one that would compromise the U.S.’ strategic interests. This is much worse and I think momentum continues toward impeachment.”
Verret called the White House’s attempts to conceal the Trump’s actions and the contents of the call with the Ukrainian President “bumbling,” while hailing the whistleblower as courageous. He came out in favor of Trump’s impeachment this past April after the release of the Mueller Report revealed multiple counts of Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice.
Not only are the facts justifying impeachment, but public opinion has finally begun to shift in favor of it.
The reactions to Verret’s CNN appearance reflect that support as well.
Trump is way worse than Nixon who was responsible for good legislation. Trump has minimal legislative achievements and his ignorance of government makes him so dangerous because he actually believes he's above the law! #WhistleblowerCompaint
— Sheila D Robinson (@SheilaDRobinso2) September 30, 2019
— NastyMaryWieseman (@marywieseman) September 30, 2019
Ya think? Anyone with half a brain could have come on CNN and said this is worse than Nixon.
— 🇺🇸Jojo K🇺🇸 #Resist #Anyone Else 2020 (@KimbleJojo) September 30, 2019
Is it just my imagination … or since impeachment wheels started rolling have we been hearing far more articulate, sensible, direct & honest commentators? Whose eyes aren't shifty at all? Such a nice change.
— Raf (@Raffiatim) September 30, 2019
More whistles to be blowing, more corruption to be seen. Trump never, never intended to follow the Constitution.
He never played fair in anything. But he wanted the respect of everyone.
Even as President, he gets ZERO respect.
— Linda Lough (@LindaLough1) October 1, 2019
Others were skeptical about Verret’s assertions regarding Nixon.
I understand the point the interview subject was making, but Nixon DID literally attempt to conspire with a foreign power to win an election:https://t.co/MAnQ7iKS1R
— RevDJEsq (@RevDJEsq) September 30, 2019
I hate Trump as much as anyone but Verret says Nixon never would have sought help from foreign power 4 political purposes. On eve of ‘68 election Nixon, in tight race w/Humphrey, conspired with SVN’s Thieu to sabotage LBJ’s peace initiative, which failed. LBJ called it “treason.”
— Joseph Saltarelli (@JoeJSaltarelli) September 30, 2019
He says Nixon would’ve never received help from a foreign power, but didn’t we learn recently about how Nixon secretly “monkey wrenched” a peace deal to keep the Vietnam war going to help him win the election? How is that not receiving help from a foreign power in an election?
— Daniel Krieger (@daniel_krieger) September 30, 2019
Nevertheless, it doesn’t look like the long-held fear that impeachment would only strengthen Trump still applies. The president is treading water to convince the public that he’s not a crook.