Trump should be very worried about retiring GOP lawmakers who no longer fear him: Ex-Obama official
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On MSNBC Saturday, former Obama Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu said that when it comes to impeachment, the Republicans President Donald Trump should fear most in a trial are those who are retiring from office soon.

"Politico is putting out a report ... titled "Vow of impeachment silence spreads in Senate," talking about how some Republican senators, that would include Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins, that they're pointing to their potential roles as jurors when asked about their views on impeachment," said host Alex Witt. "Should Democrats interpret that silence as meaning that their votes are up for grabs or not?"

"You know, look, in this Trump era, it's hard to find many examples of Republicans exercising political courage and standing up against the president," said Lu. "I would say what the president really should be concerned about, probably Susan Collins, but really, Lamar Alexander and other Republicans that are retiring, not only in the Senate and the House, because for them, they don't have to fear the wrath of Trump and his base."

"And as you see this increasing number of House Republicans, most recently Congressman Francis Rooney, who's been critical of President Trump as well, saying he's not running — this is kind of a wild card group of people who both either in the House or the Senate could potentially vote on impeachment charges," said Lu. "But again, the past record of Republicans defying the president hasn't been great."

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