Top Republican and Trump transition staffer J.W. Verret signed on to a demand to call for the president’s removal from office.
In a CNN interview Tuesday with Don Lemon, Verret said he read the full report from Robert Mueller twice and that there is no other choice — President Donald Trump must go.
“I think you can extend the impeachment hearings out quite a bit time to educate the public,” he said. “That’s part of the process — part of the process with the Nixon hearings in advance of impeachment. But it’s time to call it what it is. Let’s not play word games. This is serious stuff. And as time goes on more and more Republicans will feel comfortable with the findings in the Mueller report. What that tees up for the impeachment hearings.”
Lemon wondered if he actually sees Republicans in Congress doing something to act on the president’s illegal actions. Verret said that he believes in the process and has faith that the Founding Fathers anticipated something like this happening.
“Did you think it was going to be different after months if not years of the president saying odd things, going up against norms, calling people names, refusing to turn over his tax returns?” asked host Don Lemon. “You disagree with him on his stance on many issues. You thought this presidency was going to be different?”
Verret conceded that he wished things would simmer down, but they never did.
“I hoped that it could be guided in a constructive direction,” he told Lemon. “I believe it has. I’ll disagree with many Democrats on that on a number of policy issues. But the Mueller report is something I was waiting for to come out and speak out. And directly speak out against the president. Because I wanted to see the findings. I trusted Mueller as a person. I’ve always had issues with the president even on the transition team. He was never someone I admired. I worked with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on policy issues, in the primary I admired him and most other folks in the primary. I watched Trump systemically call all of these people I admired names. I never admired him. I hoped we could work constructively. But the Mueller report is something you can’t look away you have to admit it. The emperor has no clothes.”
He noted that it can no longer be ignored, “The Emperor has no clothes.”
Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.
"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."
‘It is all crazy’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin goes off on people who try to insist Trump’s rants are just jokes
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scorned the idea from President Donald Trump's defenders that rants like his recent anointment of himself as "the chosen one" are made in jest, for entertainment value.
"One of the strange things about President Trump is that nobody has ever seen him laugh, like a full laugh on camera," said Toobin. "Think about it. You never see it. And this notion of explaining crazy things he says as jokes is not — that is just not true. He does not joke. When he said 'Russia, you know, I want you to find Hillary Clinton's emails,' they tried to explain it as a joke. It wasn't. Russia went right to work trying to find Hillary's emails."
‘It’s always dread with President Trump’: CNN analyst says G7 leaders are revolted they have to meet with Trump again
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," reporter Abby Phillip said that world leaders are feeling "dread" about the prospect of meeting with President Donald Trump after his latest round of erratic behavior on the world stage.
"There is a big test on foreign relations for President Trump this weekend," said host Brianna Keilar. "He's going to the G7. He, Abby, is headed there after insulting Denmark by pulling out of a state visit, keeping in mind that Denmark is a key intel and military ally of the U.S. What is the mood going into this forum?"
"Honestly, it's always dread with President Trump," said Phillip.