CNN’s Berman: GOP Staffer Told Me Mattis Departure ‘Makes Impeachment More Likely’


CNN’s John Berman says he has spoken to people in the GOP who think President Trump‘s impeachment is more likely now that James Mattis is leaving the White House.

The Defense Secretary’s departure sent shockwaves throughout the political world on Thursday, especially since his resignation letter was a thorough rebuke of Trump’s approach to military and foreign policy. As CNN’s New Day examined the connotations of these developments, Berman said Mitch McConnell basically said “holy crap” when the Senate Majority Leader announced his distress over Mattis’ leave-taking.

“I have to say what the political ramifications are,” Berman said. “I heard from a Republican staffer on the Hill who said this makes impeachment more likely. I don’t need to tie this into the Russian investigation right now…but the ripple effects of this are that Republicans are shaken and their support for the president is shaken and that might be an underestimate.”

Berman’s assessment was repeated by New York TimesMaggie Haberman, who appeared later in the show to say Republicans are increasingly “disgusted” with Trump and are regretting support for him.

Watch above, via CNN.

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