Fmr. Trump Transition Staffer: It’s Time for Impeachment
BERMAN: "A former staffer on President Trump’s transition team says the Mueller report convinced him that it’s time for impeachment. J.W. Verret writes in an op-ed for 'The Atlantic' that the president's, quote, 'pattern of obstruction may have successfully impeded the Mueller investigation from uncovering a conspiracy to commit more serious crimes. At a minimum, there is enough here to get the impeachment process started.' Joining me now, J.W. Verret. He is a law professor at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. Thanks so much for being with us, professor. I just want to get people a sense of your biography here, which is you are a Republican who's worked on presidential transitions in the past. You weren't a Trump supporter in the primaries but you wanted to be a part of the transition. You did quit the transition because then-candidate Trump rubbed you the wrong way, but you were supportive of the Trump administration and the policies that they were implementing. Is that all true so far?"
VERRET: "That’s right, I think a Trump pragmatist is probably the best description."
BERMAN: "But something changed. The findings and the writings of the Mueller report changed, and now you think impeachment is the way to go. Why?"
VERRET: "If you look at the report, it’s clear it’s a referral to Congress to begin impeachment proceedings. That was the only choice left to Mueller after the restrictions placed on him by DOJ policy. So that's what he did. And he outlined potentially color book claims of 12 claims of obstruction of justice. That was all he needed to get the impeachment process started because the impeachment process is sort of like a grand jury process. There is more than enough here to get that started."