It was reported in July that President Donald Trump and his aides aren’t even working to prepare themselves for a Democratic takeover in the House or Senate.
According to the Washington Post, however, allies are fearful he’s not even taking it seriously.
“Winter is coming,” The Post quotes one ally in communication with the White House. “Assuming Democrats win the House, which we all believe is a very strong likelihood, the White House will be under siege. But it’s like tumbleweeds rolling down the halls over there. Nobody’s prepared for war.”
“Within Trump’s orbit, there is consensus that his current legal team is not equipped to effectively navigate an onslaught of congressional demands, and there has been broad discussion about bringing on new lawyers experienced in white-collar defense and political scandals,” The Post said.
A spreadsheet leaked over the weekend from the Republican caucus about possible investigations they anticipate Democrats will do if they take back the House in November. The list includes everything from ethics investigations into Trump’s cabinet to the inadequate response to Puerto Rico when it was hit by Hurricane Maria.
“Still, Trump has not directed his lawyers or his political aides to prepare an action plan, leaving allies to fret that the president does not appreciate the magnitude of what could be in store next year,” The Post continued.
“We’ve talked a lot about impeachment at different times,” Giuliani said. “It’s the only thing that hangs out there. They can’t [criminally] charge him.”
Giuliani said he’s not sure if Trump has really considered what that looks like just yet.
Meanwhile, the president is worried that he doesn’t have a strong enough legal team to help him do battle. He’s privately complained that Jared Kushner’s lawyers are better than his.
“I would think that the type of lawyer most able to handle the impeachment scenario would be someone from the appellate and Supreme Court bar — someone of the Ted Olson or Paul Clement or Andy Pincus level, someone who knows how to make the kind of arguments should it come to a vote in the Senate,” said Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team.
The White House is going with denial for now.
“We don’t expect Democrats to take over,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “Democrats have no message other than to attack the president… If they want to go backwards, they can vote for Democrats. If they want to continue moving forward under President Trump, they should vote for people that support his policies.”