President Trump has been able to have serious discussions about impeachment with his lawyers, but other times he will get angry when people bring up what he calls "the i-word," Trump allies with knowledge of the matter told The Washington Post on Wednesday.
The Post spoke with 26 White House advisers, officials, lawyers, and strategists, and several said Trump does not have a strategy in place should Democrats take over the House and have subpoena power. It's possible Democrats could pursue impeachment charges, and Trump's legal team does not have the experience to handle such matters, people told the Post; he's talked with advisers about having Abbe Lowell, the defense lawyer representing son-in-law Jared Kushner, come on board if necessary.
White House Counsel Don McGahn, who will leave in the fall, and other aides remind Trump about the possibility of impeachment when they want to keep him from doing something they find troublesome, the Post reports, and many people are worried because Trump has not asked his lawyers or aides to put together an action plan. "Winter is coming," one Trump ally told the 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." Catherine Garcia