For most of his short presidency, popular vote loser Donald Trump has been pretty well enabled, defended and protected by Congressional Republicans.
Sure, there have been some exceptions, like McCain, Flake and Corker (each of whom has still voted with Trump most of the time, I might add), but mostly, Trump’s presidency has been somewhat effective in agenda because of these cowardly Republicans who, for whatever reason, haven’t stood up to him.
Well, that may be starting to change, as things appears to be making a shift among congressional leaders, as they are talking about a Trump impeachment more and more often.
Trey Gowdy, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain have all recently taken public stands against Donald Trump.
Lindsey Graham said on Hugh Hewitt’s show that Trump could be impeached if he tries to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. When Hewitt asked Graham on Tuesday morning if firing Mueller would be an impeachable offense, Graham said, “Probably so, if he did it without cause.”
“I think what the president will have done is stopped an investigation in[to] whether or not his campaign colluded with the Russians, what effect the Russians had on the 2016 campaign. I can’t see it being anything other than a corrupt purpose,” Graham added. “To stop investigation without cause, I think, would be a constitutional crisis.”
Jeff Flake also joined the dog pile, as he started tweeting about “impeachment” if Trump fires Robert Mueller.
Flake answered a similar question to the one asked to Lindsey Graham, Flake said, “To fire Mueller without cause, I don’t know if there is any other remedy left to the legislative branch.”
Flake went on: “If [Trump] fires [Mueller] without cause, how different is that from what Nixon did with the Saturday Night Massacre? He left before impeachment came, but that was the remedy then and that would be the remedy now.”
This is a stunning turn of event. It’s one thing to speak out against Trump in general, but using “impeachment” language is a very big deal.
There’s no way to know if the push back against Trump from all of these top Republicans was coordinated, or just a coincidence that they all arrived to the same conclusions nearly simultaneously. Whatever the case, these Republicans have clearly decided their best course of action is to go public with their push back against Donald Trump.
Whether these Republicans are taking a stand out of genuine concern for our Republic, or because of some selfish motives, we’ll see if they’re all talk or if they actually have spines and an ethical code when the time comes to cast their impeachment vote.