Senate Democrats hatch plan that could leave Donald Trump with little choice but to resign

Although some pessimistic Donald Trump haters are certain he’ll remain in office until the bitter end no matter how tough things get for him, his own track record suggests the opposite. Trump has shown a consistent willingness to quit once he concludes he can’t win, having strategically declared bankruptcy six times over the years and walked away from his various business endeavors. And now the Senate Democrats are hatching a plan that could lead Trump to conclude that he has no real choice but to resign.

The plan, on its surface, is simple enough: sue Donald Trump. But the genius is in the details. This isn’t a plan to merely tie up Trump in court with some willy nilly lawsuit. The effort is being crafted by Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former State Attorney General with detailed knowledge of how these things work. The idea is to sue Trump over his financial conflicts of interest in violation of the Emoluments Clause, forcing him to think twice about how far he’s willing to go to remain in office.

The plan is not a done deal, but it’s far enough along that Blumenthal is even arranging how the Senate Democrats can collectively cover the court costs (The Hill). What’s not been stated, but what seems self evident to me, is that this lawsuit could have the effect of forcing Trump to consider resigning. And why is that?

Because the lawsuit would focus on Donald Trump’s financial conflicts, it would open the door for Senate Democrats to try to subpoena his tax returns and financial records. If the judge in the case orders Trump to turn over that evidence, he’ll have to do it. During the election we saw that Trump was willing to risk losing just to avoid forking over his tax returns, because they contain things just that awful. If the Democrats back Trump into a corner where the only way to avoid surrendering his tax returns is to resign so the lawsuit goes away, it just might mean his exit. Contribute to Palmer Report


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14 Comments

  1. carol green on April 27, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    But, would Trump have any control over who the judge would be? Would the democrats have any control over who the judge would be? Would all depend upon who the judge turns out to be?

    • Rosita Dee on April 28, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      I don’t know that DT will even listen to the judge. The way he insulted the judge on Trump University Fraud case, the Muslim Ban and now the Hawaiian judge , I really doubt that DT will respect any judge or law. Jeff Sessions is backing DT in disrespecting the judges. DT and Sessions both try to gaslight the public about the judges and try to muddle up the interpretation of the l;aw. They both think they are above the law. The only way I think this Dems would force him to resign is to show the sex tapes. Don’t wait for another dog and pony show and horse politics and independent prosecutor. They will either be in the pocket of Russia or 45 or Koch’s Brothers and Robert Mercer. The only way to bring down a white, supremacist, racist and sexist man is : Just show 45 sex tapes ,. Just describing and calling names will not be productive. We want a realistic solution, not debate , useless time and energy. We all are looking at a very corrupt administration who really does not care a hoot who they hurt as long as they can drain the US TREASURY. This is not the sane era. The Dems have to fight back with the weapon available since the GOPs and 45 do not respect the law and use every law and opportunity to their advantage while Dems sit there to voice eloquent rhetoric which lead to nothingness. We want action. Just show the sex tapes and it will be over. If all those russian ties and collusions are so blatant and the Intel are denying there is collusion, how can you believe all these drama? It is a game for all of them. If Comey said he released HRC emails without partisanship or malice, then why can’t Comey not release the sex tapes of 45 to prove that he is not partisan or malicious???? Prove it Comey, release the sex tapes of 45. Get off your investigative drama , we know you are in bed with 45.

    • Robert Pagan on April 29, 2017 at 2:15 am

      And this is just one of the countless reasons Trump must get the boot. He now has Americans like the one above believing that the letter of the law depends upon the bias of a particular judge. He has already succeeded in unravelling one of the cornerstones of our democracy, which is why Lady Justice is depicted as a figure wearing a blindfold as she holds aloft the scales of justice. Trump is in violation of so many emoulliants laws that it is ludicrous for this fake president to still be planting his keister behind the Oval Office. Disgraceful. Trump has assaulted every institution of our democracy, circumvented our principles, laws and balance of power and somehow is being allowed to get away with it……so far. For him to state that he has accomplished far more than any president in history in his first 100 days clearly shows a truth no one will dare say out loud. The man is psychotic which is a condition where an individual cannot distinguish between reality and non-reality. And why should he when the entire nation continues to look the other way? “The largest inauguration ever….” The biggest electoral landslide ever…” Need more? I don’t.

  2. P Sue Dotson on April 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    As I understand it, The FBI can subpoena Trump’s tax returns. Why haven’t they? Or maybe they have?

    Aside from which, there already is a lawsuit filed re the emoluments issue.

    I’m getting really really tired of waiting to get rid of Trump and his cabinet.

  3. Claudia Groh on April 28, 2017 at 12:05 am

    On how we would love to see his tax returns!
    And then there is icky Pence!

    • Zendiva on May 1, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Icky Pence is not going to be president. They are working on his ties with Russia too. Ryan and McConnell will be implicated with receiving campaign money from Russia too. You see all those GOPs (on the old days) are gone. What is left are GOPs who have their own self interest in running for office. If the voters haven’t figured it out yet, something is really really wrong with their brains. I am sick and tired of these white supremacist running around because they have a president who supports them.

  4. Feona on April 28, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Great news. I think that plan will actually work. Please get your readers inspired to call Dem senators to support this. Thank you.

  5. Patricia C. on April 28, 2017 at 1:37 am

    If his tax returns contain such incriminating facts, why doesn’t the IRS have criminal evidence themselves?

    • Bill Palmer on April 28, 2017 at 1:54 am

      It’s not that his returns contain criminal behavior. It’s that his returns contain embarrassing things. For instance that he’s not really a billionaire or that he’s flat broke or that he’s in debt to the Russians. Whatever he’s hiding, it’s so embarrassing that he was willing to lose the election just to make sure the public never learned about it.

      • Claudia Groh on April 28, 2017 at 2:21 am

        Yup yup
        Just one big con

    • BrianPDX on April 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      The key would be proving “intent” to defraud. The returns themselves are important but to make the returns indicate tax fraud would be the challenge. Yes, I did this for a living. Easiest way to prove intent is to “turn” an inside witness and have them testify as well as provide other documentary evidence, emails, documents, etc. The only way getting rid of Trump is a good idea is getting rid of Pence first. Impeach him on the emails. He is the guy the GOP wanted in office to begin with.

  6. I am not Herbert on April 28, 2017 at 1:39 am

    …his returns could make him look bad (and probably add corroboration),
    but Trump-Russia will send him to prison =0

    maybe they’re offering him an easy “out”…?

  7. Pat on April 29, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Ok so the country gets rid of Trump and then we have Pence who, up to this point, has been smart enough to stay somewhat quiet! And if you get rid of Pence, Paul Ryan is next in line! What’s the plan then?????

    • Bill Palmer on April 29, 2017 at 3:17 am

      Each one will be more damaged goods than the next. We just keep resisting until the clock is finally run out on this four year nightmare. That was the only way this was ever going to play out. This was always going to be a four year fight one way or the other.

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