Former Republican congressman Charlie Dent said this week that many of his former colleagues in the House have confided to him that they are "absolutely disgusted and exhausted by the president's behavior."
Dent, who joined CNN as a contributor after leaving Congress, told “CNN Newsroom” on Thursday that members of the House have told him that they will stick with Trump because of pressure from the GOP base, but "they resent being put in this position all the time."
He added that the White House was attempting to “pivot from the Ukraine scandal” when the administration announced that the 2020 G7 summit would be hosted at Trump National Doral resort, a decision that ended up being reversed.
"Moving from one corrupt act to another," added Dent, who was chair of the House Ethics Committee. "I mean those types of head-exploding moments are just, I think, infuriating these members, and I think they'd like to step out but they just can't because of their base at the moment."
"I think a lot of members have to take a hard look at this," he continued. "They can be more concerned about their election, or their legacies. And I would argue to many of them: your legacy is more important than the next election."
Dent said that he would vote to impeach Trump if he were still in Congress, but said that Democrats should hold off until hearing testimony from several important witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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