During a Monday night interview by CBS News, Congressman Mark Meadows warned Republican Senators that if they side with Democrats and break with President Donald Trump during the impeachment trial, they could face “political repercussions.”
Meadows Says John Bolton Shouldn’t Testify
“Congressman Meadows, would you support a White House effort to block a Bolton testimony if he were called as a witness?” CBS News host Norah O’Donnell asked Meadows.
“You know, I’ve been one of the few that believe that Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Perry could have testified when it was over here in the House,” Meadows replied. “I’m also one that believes that when you get close to the president, whether it be his chief of staff or his national security advisor, you have to allow for that free flow of conversation back and forth, where ideas can be shared. And so I do believe that executive privilege should be invoked on that and that we shouldn’t hear from Ambassador Bolton.”
Believes Republicans Who Sided with Democrats Would Face ‘Political Repercussions’
“Do you think Republican senators face political repercussions if they break with the president?” O’Donnell asked.
“Yeah, I do,” Meadows said. “I mean, listen, I don’t wanna speak for my Senate colleagues. But there are always political repercussions for every vote you take. There is no vote that is higher-profile than this.”
Meadows is not wrong. As the impeachment circus becomes more and more absurd, whether or not some moderate Republicans decide to stick with President Trump or side with the Democrats is a decision that will rightly define them.
Trump is a Republican president of particular significance, as Meadows rightly pointed out last week.
Folks, don’t forget: in the midst of all the impeachment noise this week, @realDonaldTrump became the first President EVER to attend the March for Life
He’s keeping his promise to stand up for the unborn pic.twitter.com/7tUdUhq7nf
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 26, 2020
If any Republicans decide to go against Trump, Meadows is right that they will likely pay a political price for it. The Democrats have had it in for Trump since day one, and this Ukraine impeachment angle is only the latest ploy of many. When this doesn’t work, there will be more.
You can expect Democrats to be all in on each of these desperate gambits. Republicans should have sense enough to avoid them.