An anonymous Republican lawmaker recently told Vanity Fair that Donald Trump is creating a “Nixonian enemies list.”
On Monday, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported that “Republicans briefed on Trump’s thinking believe that the president is out for revenge against his adversaries. ”
“It’s payback time,” an anonymous Republican lawmaker told Sherman. “He has an enemies list that is growing by the day.”
Sherman shares that some of the names mentioned include Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Sen. Mitt Romney, and John Bolton. Sherman adds that Bolton is on top of the list.
“Trump wants Bolton to be criminally investigated,” Sherman stated. “A person familiar with Trump’s thinking said Trump believes Bolton might have mishandled classified information. According to a former official, the White House is planning to leak White House emails from Bolton that purportedly allege Bolton abused his position at the National Security Council.”
On Monday, Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, tweeted that Mitch McConnell “hasn’t even held the final vote to launch the post-checks and balances era, and already the would-be authoritarian is escalating his abuses of power.”
“This is what Senate Republicans are voting to permit,” said CNN legal analyst Susan Hennessey. “They know this is terrifying and destructive of the country, but they’re more afraid of what Trump might do to them.”
It is expected that the Senate will vote to acquit Trump on Wednesday. If that is the case protests are scheduled across the country to condemn the GOP’s “cover-up.”