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Tue Apr 23, 2019, 08:26 PM

"I was a Trump transition staffer, and I've seen enough. It's time for impeachment."

By J. W. Verret, Professor of law at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School

The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point
I was a Trump transition staffer, and Iíve seen enough. Itís time for impeachment.

Letís start at the end of this story. This weekend, I read Special Counsel Robert Muellerís report twice, and realized that enough was enoughóI needed to do something. Iíve 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.
In time, my work for the transition became awkward. I disagreed with Trumpís rhetoric on immigration and trade. 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.

I wasnít very good at hiding my distaste. We parted ways in October amicably; I wasnít the right fit.
I wanted to share my experience transitioning from Trump team member to pragmatist about Trump to advocate for his impeachment, because I think many other Republicans are starting a similar transition. Politics is a team sport, and if you actively work within a political party, there is some expectation that you will follow orders and rally behind the leader, even when you disagree. There is a point, though, at which that expectation turns from a mix of loyalty and pragmatism into something more sinister, a blind devotion that serves to enable criminal conduct.

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.


This is a very compelling article. I hope he's right that "many other Republicans are starting a similar transition." I wonder if he means politicians or voters.

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