Host Bill Maher of HBO’s “Real Time,” on Friday, May 22, said the impeachment led by Democrats against President Donald Trump was “a horrible thing” because it only ended up invigorating the president and his administration.
Maher argued that the impeachment backfired because now the president “can conduct this war on accountability,” reported the Breitbart News.
“He has—Trump this week—this month has gotten rid of four inspector generals of different agencies. Impeachment turned out to be a horrible thing. If I knew what I knew now –.” Maher said. “[T]he impeachment, I mean, if I could do it over again, I wouldn’t. Because it just emboldened him.”
Over the past six weeks, President Trump has removed watchdogs from multiple federal agencies: Michael Atkinson, who held the position of intelligence community inspector general since it was created in 2010, was fired on April 3; Glenn Fine was serving as the acting inspector of the Defense Department when he was removed from his post on April 7; Christi Grimm, acting inspector general of the Health and Human Services, was ousted in May 1; and Steve Linick, acting as the State Department inspector general, was fired on May 15.
On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), who was one of the most vocal critics of the impeachment. As director of national intelligence, Ratcliffe will replace Richard Grenell, the current acting director who has made waves in that position after leading a push in recent weeks to declassify a trove of documents related to the FBI’s investigation of various President Trump associates—most recently he has declassified documents related to the Obama administration official’s “unmasking” of former national security Adviser Michael Flynn’s name in intelligence reports.
“Congratulations, @RepRatcliffe! You will be the best DNI ever!” Grenell wrote in a tweet.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 21, 2020
Maher’s comments came as House Democrats told the Supreme Court earlier this week that they are again amid an “ongoing presidential impeachment investigation”—in an effort to get redacted grand jury material from special counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed Russia probe.
“The [House Judiciary] Committee’s investigation did not cease with the conclusion of the impeachment trial,” the Democrats told the nine justices on Monday. “If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the articles adopted by the House, the committee will proceed accordingly—including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment.”