Back when Donald Trump first figured out last year that the FBI was onto his Russia scandal, there was a window of opportunity for him to resign and potentially avoid any criminal consequences. Sure, he’d have been remembered as the worst failure in the history of the United States presidency, but at least he’d have been able to go home to his penthouse and run his real estate scam operation with his kids. It’s debatable as to precisely when that window began closing, but as of this week it’s slammed shut entirely.
Because Donald Trump insisted on remaining in the Oval Office even as his Russia scandal was further exposed, it set off a chain of events. Stormy Daniels decided to go public about the hush money she received from Trump during the election, as a way of trying to oust him. This helped lead to a criminal investigation into Michael Cohen, which in turn led to immunity deals for National Enquirer boss David Pecker and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who are now required to cooperate with the ongoing investigation into Trump’s crimes.
This in turn has handed state and local prosecutors a huge shortcut for going after Donald Trump’s businesses. Accordingly, the District Attorney for Manhattan revealed this week that he’s looking at criminal charges against top Trump Organization officials. Not only is it now a given that Trump’s assets will be seized and his kids will be criminally prosecuted, it may even happen while Trump is still in office.
By the time Donald Trump leaves office, whether it via impeachment or negotiated resignation, he’ll be facing a situation where he has nothing to go home to, or at least nothing he can hang onto for long. The investigation into Trump’s scandals was always going to destroy him politically, but now it’s going to destroy him in every sense of the word. He’ll go to prison for the rest of his life. The only question is how badly this ends for his kids – and that may depend largely on whether he chooses to leave office willingly.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report