The next shoe to drop in the investigations into President Donald Trump will likely come from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, a former attorney who worked on the Trump transition team predicted on Friday.
J.W. Verret, a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School who worked on Trump’s transition, was interviewed by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber.
“The president clearly has decided that maximum stonewalling and maximum impact is his way forward. Based on your unique knowledge, do you think anything will move or does he look at a week like this politically as exactly what he wanted?” Melber asked.
“I think the next shoe to drop will be Maxine Waters’ investigation of the Deutsche Bank documents,” he replied. “She’s already won at the district court level.”
“Having been someone who wrote subpoenas for the [Financial Services Committee] — for the Republican chairman who preceded her — I’m pretty clear on the committee’s subpoena power and they’re squarely in their rights to get documents and that will be the next shoe to drop,” he predicted.
Verret served as the chief economist and senior counsel for the House Committee on Financial Services.
“Remember one reason [Trump] was danging pardons in front of Michael Cohen was to stop Cohen from revealing previous instances of bank fraud and who knows what else in the president’s dealings with Deutsche Bank. So it is all connected, it’s all interconnected, and it continues the momentum towards impeachment, I think,” he concluded.
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GOP insiders give Pence little chance of ever being president after four years spent defending Trump: report
On Saturday, writing for The Washington Post, Ben Terris reported that many Republican consultants and insiders believe that Vice President Mike Pence's presidential ambitions are doomed, for several reasons.
"If you list the top 10 most likely people to have a strong shot at the nomination, maybe Mike Pence makes number nine or 10," said former Marco Rubio presidential campaign manager Terry Sullivan in the piece. "Maybe." Former Jeb Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller agreed, saying, "I could maybe see him becoming the nominee, but president? I just don’t see it."
WATCH: Texas Trump supporters surround and harass Biden campaign bus headed to Austin rally
According to KEYE Austin, a planned rally for Joe Biden in Austin, Texas with several local politicians and candidates was canceled after an incident on Interstate 35, where SUVs and pickup trucks flying Trump flags tailed and harassed a Biden-Harris campaign bus near New Braunfels as it approached Austin from San Antonio.
According to the report, Democrats deny that the cancelation was specifically due to the road intimidation incident.
"Texas Democrats were hoping to host speakers like Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Wendy Davis and Austin Mayor Steve Adler but the Texas Democrats told us they canceled the event so not to take away attention from vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who made three stops in the Lone Star State on Friday in Forth Worth, McAllen and Houston," said the report.