As Democrats dither over whether they should take the political risk of beginning impeachment proceedings against President Trump, even life-long Republicans are reading the Mueller report and deciding that impeachment is the only reasonable option.
J.W. Verret, a professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and a registered Republican his entire adult life, saw the Special Counsel’s findings and took to Twitter to reluctantly express his belief that the president must be removed from office.
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
Professor Verret also corrected the president after Trump’s tweet this morning claiming a completely unsupported legal theory that he falsely believes would prevent Congress from impeaching him.
The relevant precedent is the Clinton impeachment. By that standard a number of obstruction counts are appropriate in an impeachment. https://t.co/rTakfWskqd
— J.W. Verret (@JWVerret) April 22, 2019
While most Democrats would argue against Verret’s opinion about the suitability of Vice-President Mike Pence to take over the presidency once Trump is removed — since he remained an ardent defender of the president while also being a silent witness to his obstruction — they surely welcome the acknowledgment from a conservative law professor that the Mueller report presents sufficient evidence of criminality to impeach Trump.
How many more Republicans need to speak out before the Democratic leadership is willing to ignore any potential political risks and begin impeachment proceedings based purely on moral and legal considerations rather than re-election calculus? Progressive voters would be more than happy to collate and forward any outraged statements by members of the GOP advocating impeachment to anyone who wants to see them.
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Original reporting by Eric W. Dolan at RawStory.