D.C. Insiders Ready to Pounce on Trump Should He Become President
In this upside-down election year, it may be that Donald Trump alone will be the only person who can bring Republicans and Democrats together, even if it is just to “Stop Trump” at any cost.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has suggested that both parties would be so incensed by a Trump presidency that they would unite to pursue impeachment proceedings on January 21, 2017, the day after Trump’s inauguration.
Trump’s surprisingly strong candidacy has stunned the establishment and political commentators, and his frontrunner status has baffled and infuriated the experts who saw his entry into the race as nothing more than a self-serving publicity stunt.
The billionaire businessman has emerged as the frontrunner from a field of 17 contestants, including senators, governors, a pediatric neurosurgeon and a business executive from diverse backgrounds – black, Cuban-American, Indian-American, a woman, a physician.
Now, according to left-leaning Politico, “more than a dozen members of Congress, former Capitol Hill administration and presidential campaign aides and legal experts” are talking about a bipartisan attack on President Trump.
Former McCain campaign adviser, Doug Holtz-Eakin, told Politico Trump’s policies on a range of issues are unacceptable to Republican lawmakers.
“The kinds of violations that are being suggested are so dramatic and so large… A situation like that would dominate [GOP leadership’s] thinking. I don’t think they’d hesitate. They’d hate it, but you do what you have to do.”
Bruce Fein, a former Justice Department official who worked on the impeachment of Bill Clinton, said some statements by Trump, “would be clearly impeachable offenses,” which was echoed by Yale Law School lecturer Eugene Fidell calling candidate Trump’s campaign promises “high crimes and misdemeanors” if put into place by President Trump.
Democrat Jim Manley, a former Harry Reid strategist, agreed, noting that it would require a coordinated effort by both parties. “This would be a rear-guard effort led by Republicans, with the acquiescence of Democrats.”