A former Trump Organization executive said Sunday she thinks President Donald Trump would rather resign rather than be removed from office via impeachment.
Barbara Res, a former Trump Organization vice president, told CNN that Trump “does a lot of things to save face.”
Res admitted that she “could very well be wrong,” but said that her “gut instinct” tells her that Trump will not allow himself to be removed from office.
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“I don’t know that he’ll be found guilty but I don’t know that he wants to be impeached,” said Res. “I think that’s what this panic is about. And my gut [instinct] is that he’ll leave office, he’ll resign. Or make some kind of a deal, even, depending on what comes out.”
Res worked with Trump for over a decade as a construction engineer on some of his key projects, including the Trump Tower.
She said that she “never considered him stupid,” but had previously called him unfit to be president.
“He was always very quick to react, he never responded to anything, always reacted to it and got very, very angry,” Res said. “He had this notion that everything that happened that was bad was directed at him, like they were after him, people were after him.”
The impeachment inquiry into Trump is gaining momentum, with House Democrats subpoenaing the White House as part of the investigation and the depositions of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch scheduled for this week.
In order for Trump to be impeached the majority of the Democrat-led House of Representatives (at least 218 of 435 members) would have to approve the articles of impeachment.
In order for Trump to actually be removed from office, two-thirds of Senate would need to then vote for his removal.
The Senate now has 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents who usually vote with the Democrats. Because removal of a president would require 67 votes, all the Democrats and independents as well as at least 20 Republicans would have to vote against him.