Amid the wild week that Washington DC has had, there was one thing that the President thought that he could count on: The loyalty of the republican party.
As impeachment mania continues to spread, however, there appear to be cracks forming within the GOP.
First there was Mitt Romney, the Senator from Utah, who has long been a critic of President Trump. Romney, while remaining at least diplomatic regarding the issue, has certainly made it known that he isn’t going to simply fall in line with the rest of his party. This criticism was not unexpected.
What was surprising were the comments from another republican lawmaker – one who just recently garnered an endorsement by the President himself.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said Wednesday that a whistleblower complaint concerning a call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky contained “lots that’s very troubling,” warning his GOP colleagues not to dismiss it.
“Republicans ought not to be rushing to circle the wagons to say there’s no there there when there’s obviously lots that’s very troubling there,” Sasse said after reviewing the complaint, according to an NBC News reporter. “The administration ought not be attacking the whistleblower as some talking points suggest they plan to do.”
Sasses comments weren’t entirely positive for the democrats though.
However, Sasse also castigated the media and House Democrats, who have announced an impeachment inquiry based on the whistleblower complaint, saying, “Democrats ought not to be using the word impeach before they have the whistleblower complaint or before they read any of the transcript.”
The White House released a copy of the whistleblower complaint to Congress confidentially, in a classified and secure setting, which has not allowed for those in the know to speak freely on the subject just yet.
More answers are expected tomorrow with the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, testifies before Congress in both public and private hearings.