Details of President Donald Trump's actions revealed in the Mueller Report are shaking the public’s faith in the president, and are reinvigorating calls for the House of Representatives to commence impeachment proceedings. Two Democratic Senators and presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have already joined the growing chorus of voices.
Now, J.W. Verret, a former Trump transition team official and lifelong Republican, is also insisting that the Mueller Report is a call for Congress to begin taking the possibility of impeachment seriously.
"The Mueller report is, without question, a referral to Congress to begin impeachment proceedings."
Verrett expressed a similar view in a recent op-ed for The Atlantic entitled The Mueller Report was my Tipping Point. He describes his long affiliation with the Republican party as well as his law experience:
"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."
He went on to write:
"Republicans who stand up to Trump today may face some friendly fire...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.”
Many prominent Democrats, however, have been hesitant to call for impeachment—instead resorting to further investigation, fearing that impeachment proceedings would make Democrats look too radical.
But a growing number of Americans seem ready to side with Verret.
Fewer and fewer people are ruling out impeachment as a possibility.