Former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) appeared on CNN this week where he claimed to have spoken with his former colleagues who admitted that they aren’t pleased with Donald Trump.
Dent said that there is “no question” they are “absolutely disgusted and exhausted by the president’s behavior.”
“I certainly would have voted for the impeachment inquiry. Based on the facts as I understand them now, I do think this rises to the level of impeachment. I would probably support it,” said Dent, who has long been a critic of the Trump administration.
However, Dent added, “I don’t think the Democrats should move forward on impeachment until they hear from some of these primary witnesses, like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney and the secretary of State himself,” he continued, referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“I think they need to close that loop. I don’t think they should force this or rush this,” added Dent. “By the same token, neither should the Senate Republicans force or rush a trial.”
Dent also talked about how his former colleagues have been sticking by Trump during the impeachment inquiry.
“Well, I think my former colleagues are in a situation where they understand their base pressure. The base has not yet bolted from the president,” he said. “And I think that’s why they’re standing with the president for the moment.”
But then Dent admitted that his colleagues are growing fed up with the president.
“But there’s no question, having spoken to many of them privately, they are absolutely disgusted and exhausted by the president’s behavior. They resent being put in this position all the time,” he continued.
“I think they’d like to step out but they just can’t because of their base at the moment.”
The former Pennsylvania Republican said he thinks his former colleagues in Congress can either “be more concerned about their election or their legacies.”
“I would argue too many of them, your legacy is more important than the next election,” he said.
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