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 MeeksOn The Money: House passes monthlong stopgap | Broader spending talks stall | Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns | Progressives ramp up attacks on private equity Progressive Democrats ramp up attacks on private equity CNN: Biden likened Clinton impeachment to 'partisan lynching' in 1998 MORE (D-N.Y.) urged administration officials who disagree with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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.

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“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.