I have a question for you…First off, it’s clear that if/when Trump fires Mueller and pardons people, conservative media and elected Republicans will stand by him. Bobo telegraphed that a few months ago:
But even if you took a paragon of modern presidents — a contemporary Abraham Lincoln — and you directed a democratically unsupervised, infinitely financed team of prosecutors at him and gave them power to subpoena his staff and look under any related or unrelated rock in an attempt to bring him down, there’s a pretty good chance you could spur even this modern paragon to want to fight back.
You and I know that David Brooks is just Steve Bannon after a shit, shave, and shower, but I tend to think his reaction — to think it’s ok for Trump to terminate the investigation — will be typical of conservative and centrist pundits. Don’t get me wrong, I think Trump will take a bit of a hit politically, but not a big one. He’s already very unpopular anyway. And I think that after he does this, Dems will take the House.
So here’s my question: if the New York Attorney General or Manhattan DA (who’s already investigating Manafort) indict Eric or Don Jr. or Jared, what happens? Do they refuse to go to trial? How crazy could the conflict get? Legally, there’s nothing Trump an do about it. But how big a constitutional crisis could we get into here?
I hope I don’t sound like Louise Mensch here. It doesn’t seem that unlikely that something like this will happen at some point.
Update. I don’t know why some of you think this post and others like it are negative. I think that if the Russia probe implodes in this way, Democrats will make gains in midterm elections. The best case scenario for the next three years is that Republicans stand by Trump while Democrats rack up victories in the House, Senate, state houses, and ultimately presidency.