Former CIA director warns against impeachment of Trump
Michael V. Hayden, the former director of both the CIA and National Security Agency, cautioned against removing President Trump from office in an interview that aired Friday.I think he probably understates the opposition to impeachment. Ever since his election the Democrats have been searching for a crime as an excuse to remove him, but have been stymied by a lack of evidence to support their claims of Russian collusion and have fallen back on some questionable reading of the campaign finance code. What they see as his real crime is that Trump won the election. They have been further flummoxed by the fact that his policies are working to grow the economy and to defeat US enemies abroad.
“I think impeachment would be a bad idea,” Mr. Hayden told Hill.TV.
“If President Trump is somehow forced to leave office before the end of his first term […] one-third of America will believe it was a soft coup,” added Mr. Hayden, a career intelligence official who retired in 2009 after leading the CIA under former President Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
An outspoken critic of the president, Mr. Hayden warned against impeachment in light of prosecutors securing convictions this week against Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former personal attorney and election campaign chairman, respectively.
“I think the only way we move beyond this in any way that’s healthy for our democracy is we vote,” he added.