Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) enraged followers of President Donald Trump when he announced Robert Mueller’s report was a “tipping point” for him. Amash was the first Republican to break ranks and fellow members of his party are now coming after him.
Former Trump transition team member J.W. Verret told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that it’s nice to have someone out on the limb with him.
“People asked me who was going to be the first to stand up. I predicted Amash,” Verret said. “Not because he’s not a real Republican, frankly he’s more Republican than Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump put together. [He’s got] a 100 percent rating with Heritage [Foundation], with the American Conservative Union, the NRA. He’s far more conservative than they are. He came in on the tea party revolution. He’s just an honorable guy. He read the report and spoke up about how the emperor has no clothes here. He told the truth when nobody else would.”
Republican consultant Ana Navarro agreed, saying that many Republicans have left the party for the Trump party.
“Republican qualification is measured not by principles or convictions or beliefs but by absolute loyalty to Donald Trump,” she said Monday. “Today we have less Republicans in Congress. But they are far more loyal to Donald Trump. Donald Trump made sure that was the case. He targeted and attacked Republicans who dared descend against him in 2018. Anybody who spoke up against him and criticized him and found fought with him and spoke truth about him, and they lost primaries.”
The host quoted John Boehner who famously announced it was no longer the Republican Party. “It’s the party of Trump,” he said.
Watch the full conversation below:
Tribe demolishes Dershowitz for claim Trump can do no wrong: ‘He’s selling out for attention’
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe excoriated his former colleague Alan Dershowitz's argument that President Donald Trump's conduct cannot be impeachable without specific crimes.
"We've got a president who was shaking down a foreign government for his own benefit, for his own re-election. He was using taxpayer money to do it," said Tribe. "He is engaged in the kind of abuse that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, any of our framers would have said requires that we end the presidency, especially when the abuse goes to meddling in the next election. And when Alan Dershowitz or anybody, although I don't know anybody else who really does it, comes up and says, well, it's an abuse but it's not a crime or crime-like, and therefore we can't remove him for it. That really — that's disgusting. There is no basis in the Constitution or in our history for that."
Angry Alan Dershowitz goes off on ‘two bullies’ Anderson Cooper and Jeff Toobin when confronted with his hypocrisy
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz went on the defensive as Cooper and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin confronted him with his prior statements that impeachment doesn't require a criminal act for President Bill Clinton — which he now says is required for President Donald Trump.
"Back then you said that it certainly doesn't have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president, who abuses trust, and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don't need a technical crime," said Cooper.
"Well, that's true. You don't need a technical crime. That's my position today," said Dershowitz. "I've said right from the beginning you need criminal-like behavior akin to bribery and treason."
Trump is counting on Americans not watching and being too stupid to understand impeachment: Ex-White house aide
During a panel discussion about the recent decision by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to hide much of the impeachment from the American people. It flies in the face of Republicans saying they wanted to follow the "Clinton model" of impeachment.
Trump left the country the night before the impeachment proceedings were slated to begin. He refused to say a word to reporters, who he normally answers questions from when headed to board Marine One.
Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart explained that in theory, a president would want to do something huge and important to distract from the impeachment. Trump, however, has a tendency to take any progress and blow it with a tweet.