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Let’s stipulate that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump and/or his campaign successfully confirms that they cooperated with Russian officials to influence the 2016 election. A complex labyrinth of contacts with the Russians, documents, witnesses, emails, plea bargaining by key Trump campaign operatives, and other evidence make it an air-tight case that could lead to indictments for criminal wrongdoing.
This is not limited to colluding and conspiring with the Russians. Trump’s past business dealings and possible money laundering with shady players including Russian oligarchs and Mafia-connected characters could bring criminal charges. #hocopolitics
The powerful Mueller team is slowly tightening the screws on Trump and his family as key witnesses, such as Gen. Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos are ready to flip in the investigation if they haven’t already. It is not looking good for President Trump, Donald, Jr., Jared Kushner, and others close to the top.
As the day of reckoning approaches (and that can be over a year away given the complexity of the investigation), Trump must move out of his state of denial and face reality. Of course, he can have the acting Attorney General fire Mueller and consequently end the investigation before the findings are revealed. The backlash from the country’s citizens would be so fierce and potent that even a Republican-led Congress would move to impeach the President for obstruction of justice, which such a firing would certainly be.
If the findings by Mueller are damning as I expect them to be, articles of impeachments will be filed and should the Democrats re-take the House in 2018 as is quite possible given today’s political environment, Congress will almost certainly proceed.
There is a way out for Trump, though unlikely, given his ego, propensity for lying, and pride, and that is a mea culpa prior to Mueller’s release of the investigation’s findings. What Trump values most is not his presidency but his brand, his business, and his family. Clearly all would take a hit should he come clean and admit wrongdoing, but he and/or family members and top associates could avoid prison time. It’s a long shot, but here goes.
Trump addresses the nation from whichever White House he calls home (where the TV ratings would be huuuge—another incentive for him) and could say the following:
My Fellow Americans,
As you know I have been the subject of a long, tedious and expensive investigation. This is contrary to what I’ve been told all along that I was not under investigation. I come before you to announce that my attorneys have been in negotiations with Special Counsel Robert Mueller for some time in an attempt to spare the country from this distraction, which prevents us from moving forward with our agenda to make America great again for which the people elected me to implement. Accordingly, we have made a deal.
Before I discuss that, I want to admit that members of my campaign staff and with my approval indeed cooperated with Russian representatives to obtain information on Hillary Clinton to damage her during the election. This was accomplished by hacking into various emails to get compromising information.
In addition, I was aware that Russia was using social media to spread damaging fake news about her in the hope that Democrats already bitter from the primaries would either stay home or vote for me. Several states that voted for Barack Obama wound up voting for me and that gave me the Electoral College victory. They included Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Here’s the thing: I didn’t expect the Russian involvement to turn into such a big deal. Early on, members of my campaign were approached by Russian officials to play mischief with Hillary. No one expected me to win.
I shouldn’t have won the Republican nomination against a field of experienced politicians but I did so. There was no way I should have defeated Hillary with the big Democratic machine behind her with money and organization and everything else in her favor.
So we accepted the Russian help as a lark, figuring, what the hell; I’m not going to win anyway and would have some fun trying. Once we got involved with them, it grew out of control. I eventually won and it surprised me. I kept denying the collusion and I apologize for my misleading statements.
As a result of the agreement with Mr. Mueller and his team, I will step down as President of the United States effective tomorrow and plead guilty to an array of charges including obstruction of justice that I will not go into at this time. Mr. Mueller agreed to drop any further legal action against me and my family.
I am sorry for any inconvenience and your loss of trust in me from this activity but it is best for the country that I take this action now. Please give Vice President Mike Pence your fullest support when he assumes the presidency.
God bless you and the United States of America.
This is not a likely scenario to say the least given Trump’s aversion to admitting anything but it does give him a way out. Democrats would be ecstatic. Republicans would be relieved. The world would rejoice. And Trump can go back to the thing he loves more than anything—his never ending quest to make lots of money.