After Trump's Latest Tweet, This Anti-Trump Republican Says This About Impeachment

June 16th 2017

Mike Rothschild

Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had widened the scope of his probe to investigate President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, due to his firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May.

Trump has continuously decried the Russia investigation as a hoax, fake news, a witch hunt, and Democratic obstructionism; while insisting that he's not under investigation.

The Washington Post had relied on anonymous sources for the claim that Trump was now a target in the probe, but Trump himself confirmed it on Twitter Friday, revealing that he is "being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

It apparently seems as if he was referencing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who's actually not investigating Trump. However, since Trump's investigation has seemingly been confirmed by Trump himself, pundits began to wonder if this would be the moment that Republican members of Congress finally turned on the president and began impeachment proceedings.

However, experts on both sides reiterated that even with the special counsel's investigation picking up steam, impeachment is still a complex process that depends on the president's own party moving against him.

And as longtime anti-Trump GOP strategist Rick Wilson cautioned, the chances of that happening are incredibly low, because Trump still has a base of support that's unwavering.

Wilson, who has tweeted many times to excoriate the president, stresses that even with Trump's approval rating at a record low, it probably can't get much lower. And as long as it doesn't, Republican House members will assume the base that supports him, supports them as well.

Wilson went on to write that if that number does drop even further, and if Trump's approval with Republicans continues to drop, House GOP members will be motivated by fear of being voted out in 2018, and act accordingly. Even then, he cautions Democrats not to make the midterm solely a referendum on impeachment, referring the 1998 election, when Republicans running on their impeachment of former President Bill Clinton actually lost seats in the House.

Ultimately, Wilson believes a Democratic win in 2018 could change the situation, and that Republicans are getting ready for it.