Allies of the Trump administration are seriously concerned that President Donald Trump lacks the circumspection and his staff lacks the manpower and expertise to deal with the legal onslaught that will inevitably occur if Democrats win the House in the fall.
According to a Wednesday Washington Post report, impeachment is sometimes discussed behind closed doors in the administration, and often used by Trump’s lawyers as a cudgel to prevent the impetuous President from saying things that could be used against him.
But, although Trump frets about it in the abstract, he lacks the focus and historical understanding to see the full scope of the threat he could face should Democrats triumph in November. In addition to impeachment proceedings, he and his administration could be smacked with subpoenas about specific violations or possible crimes, which would leave his bare-bones staff swamped with paperwork it lacks the lawyers to handle.
The Trump administration has long had problems attracting top-tier talent, a task which would just get harder if potential candidates perceive a personal legal risk to taking positions close to the President.
Trump has reportedly expressed desire to poach lawyers he sees as sufficiently aggressive, who are currently representing his family members and colleagues. With Don McGahn’s imminent departure, his legal staff is even more sparse than usual and hurting for lawyers with expertise in Constitutional law and a grounding in past impeachment hearings.
“Winter is coming,” said one close Trump ally told the Washington Post. “Assuming Democrats win the House, which we all believe is a very strong likelihood, the White House will be under siege. But it’s like tumbleweeds rolling down the halls over there. Nobody’s prepared for war.”