A former Republican Congressman says numerous GOP members of the House of Representatives are fed up with President Trump's behavior, but are apparently more concerned about their reelection than their ultimate legacy.
"I think a lot of members have to take a hard look at this," said former Rep. Charlie Dent on CNN. "They can be more concerned about their election, or their legacies. And I would argue to many of them: your legacy is more important than the next election."
Dent said on CNN's "Newsroom" that many GOP lawmakers have told him they are "absolutely disgusted and exhausted by the President's behavior." But, he said, they are afraid to speak out because of their base.
As an example, Dent cited Trump's effort to "pivot from the Ukraine scandal" by announcing the 2020 G& summit would be held at his Trump National Doral resort in Florida, a decision that was later reversed following an uproar.
Dent, who chaired the House Ethics Committee from 2915 until 2916, said he would probably vote to impeach Trump if he was still in the House.
:I do think this rises to the level of impeachment," said Den, who added that Democrats should not move forward until they hear from such key witnesses as national security advisor John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
A federal district court judge ruled on Monday that White House counsel Don McGahn must submit to a subpoena issues by Congressional Democrats as part of their ongoing impeachment investigation, but then on Thursday granted a temporary stay at McGahn's request.
The ultimate outcome of that case could determine whether Bolton, Mulvaney and Pompeo will be forced to testify, despite Trump's orders to the contrary.
It's too bad some of those "appalled and disgusted" Republican lawmakers don't have the courage to speak out and let this president know his actions are not acceptable and they will not stand by quietly while he tramples on the Constitution.
But given the state of politics today, that apparently is too much to ask.
After all, if they did that, they'd be taken off the Camp David "adult playground" visits and worse -- much worse -- if they come from Trump-majority districts.They could even be subjected to a primary challenge stirred up by Trump risk losing their precious seats in the House.
So they choose election, not legacy. But when they do, what will their ultimate legacy turn out to be?