House Democrat urges anti-Trump resistance within administration to come 'out of the shadows'

House Democrat urges anti-Trump resistance within administration to come 'out of the shadows'
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Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksDemocratic rivals sharpen attacks as Bloomberg rises The Hill's Campaign Report: Rising Klobuchar, Buttigieg face test in diverse states Bloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) urged administration officials who disagree with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE to "come out of the shadows," stating in a Monday op-ed published in The Washington Post that more whistleblowers should come forward.

“Those of you who are still there, it is time to come out of the shadows," Meeks wrote. "Our nation does not need covert agents of democracy. It needs intrepid whistleblowers willing to step forward and defend the institutions this president has dragged into the dirt with him.”

Meeks addressed his op-ed to an anonymous White House employee who wrote an op-ed for The New York Times a little more than a year ago about being part of the resistance to Trump.


“Last year you wrote that ‘many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office,’ ” Meeks writes. “That strategy is clearly no longer working — if it ever did.”

Meeks then described various incidents and policies the anonymous employee failed to prevent, in addition to the Ukraine controversy at the heart of a new impeachment drive by House Democrats.

“And how many of you are left? With each passing day, the Trump administration trades patriots for sycophants who will support anything this president says or does to stay in his good graces,” Meeks writes.