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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is never one to hold back his criticism of his party, the Republican Party. However, his current excoriation of Donald Trump and the recourse he believes the nation should take was striking.

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, was blunt in describing the Trump administration as a mafia family.

All-In Chris Hayes asked Wilkerson for his opinion about the statement James Comey will read at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Wilkerson said he was not at all surprised in this excerpted video.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson shocks Chris Hayes with his comments on the Trump

“Chris my reaction to for what Comey wrote in his prepared statement for his hearing tomorrow,” Wilkerson said. “I am not stunned at all because this seems to be indeed probably is the nature of the Trump administration. It’s like a mafia family. And what Comey’s prepared testimony read like to me was someone from the outside with some integrity commenting on the nature of a Mafia family. That is essentially the way I view President Trump now, as a godfather, as the member that orchestrates everything within his team and expects loyalty, honest or otherwise. It just seems like that is the way it is. And it is going to take a while for my political party because they think as the other spokesman just said, they are going to accomplish all these goals while this guy is running around the White House because he is a Republican. It is going to take a while for them to realize that they aren’t going to accomplish a thing — that what they are doing is hurting the country.”

But Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson was not done. He openly suggested Donald Trump should face impeachment.

“I think our founding fathers would have thought that they afforded us in the Article Two Impeachment Clause, the ability to throw some scurrilous dude out about every generation. And I think every one of them, every single one of them would be utterly surprised that we had not done so and that on most attempt to impeach, we have been rather feckless, Bill Clinton, Andrew Johnson. And the only successful one we have had is when the articles of impeachment were so strong against Richard Nixon, he chose to resign. I don’t think it is catastrophic for the country to take that action. I think it is healthy for the country to take that action.”

Donald Trump’s fate lies with his party sticking with him. Comey’s live testimony could change all of that if he comes across as the aggrieved straight shooter.

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