How might it end?

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I am not a crook.”–President Richard Nixon denied any involvement in the Watergate scandal–November 17, 1973.

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How might the Mueller Investigation end? One could speculate:

  1. It might end with a report with findings and recommendations.
  2. Additional persons might be indicted.
  3. President Trump might be named as a co-conspirator.
  4. President Trump might be indicted.
  5. President Trump might attempt to pardon others or even himself.
  6. President Trump might resign.
  7. President Trump might be impeached.
  8. The investigation might end leaving the country divided, the questions unresolved, and the President in office.

Unless Mueller’s findings are unequivocally damning, President Trump is likely to muddle through. Even though his blatant attempts to politicize the Department of Justice are unacceptable to many, evidence to date suggests this isn’t overwhelming. If no iron-clad case can be made, for the good of the country, perhaps this should end with 1 or 2 above.

 

 

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6 Responses to How might it end?

  1. josephurban says:

    My guess is that they will find that Trump had no conspiracy with the Russians in regard to the election directly. Jared, however, and the internet operations that focused on destroying Clinton may be a different story.
    I think the bigger issue will be the criminal charges, especially in NY, concerning his money laundering operation. The Trump organization and his family are under so much scrutiny now that it seems very unlikely someone will not be indicted for moneylaundering. While he may be able to “pardon” his criminal family members from federal crimes, he cannot pardon himself or his family for state crimes. That is his real danger.

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  2. whungerford says:

    If criminal charges are filed against President Trump, his businesses, or his campaign, whether for obstruction of justice, money laundering, perjury, or other crimes, could he survive? Based on what we know of him, he would most likely claim prosecution to be politically motivated, deny all charges, and delay.

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  3. Rynstone says:

    Trump will not be impeached unless a Democrat majority takes over both the House and the Senate of the Congress.
    # 8 is most likely. “The investigation might end leaving the country divided, the questions unresolved, and the President in office.”

    Perhaps something will come out of the recent text revelations between a few FBI agents
    http://thepoliticsnation.com/breaking-news-fbi-secret-society-uncovered/

    We know that the Obama Administration weaponized the IRS and Lois Lerner against conservative groups, liberty groups, TEA Party groups and Constitutional groups.
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/19/lois-lerner-holly-paz-want-testimony-sealed-perman/

    Lois Lerner got a pass and will get to collect her federal pension

    If there is one thing we have learned from many of these types of investigations it is that usually a politicly correct decision is reached and no justice for teh taxpayers is done.

    To this day both Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver who were convicted on corruption charges remain free and not serving their prison sentences.

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  4. whungerford says:

    “Trump will not be impeached unless a Democrat majority takes over both the House and the Senate of the Congress.” This is unlikely to be true; RMN’s crimes were recognized by Republicans as well as Democrats.

    “We know that the Obama Administration weaponized the IRS and Lois Lerner against conservative groups, liberty groups, TEA Party groups and Constitutional groups.” No Rynstone, we don’t know that; that argument begs the question.

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  5. Richard S says:

    #9 trump blows his top and starts a nuclear war.

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  6. josephurban says:

    Well,so far we have seen no emails or texts talking about “secret society” meetings. So, now we have “secret texts” that the accuswrs are not releasing. We do know of one set of secret meetings.Unless you are talking about the secret meetings held by the GOP memebers of the Intel committee?

    “A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the Capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly — and perhaps criminally — mishandled the contents of a dossier that describes alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, according to four people familiar with their plans.

    A subset of the Republican members of the House intelligence committee, led by Chairman Devin Nunes of California, has been quietly working parallel to the committee’s high-profile inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. They haven’t informed Democrats about their plans, but they have consulted with the House’s general counsel.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/20/house-republicans-quietly-investigate-doj-fbi-310121

    This is just part of the attempt to destroy the FBI. (The OJ defense…when they have the evidence, attack the police) Seems the closer Mueller gets to the Trump family the more frightened his supporters become. With good reason. Following the money is bad news for Donald and company.
    Regarding the fantasy that the IRS under Obama targeted only conservative groups. As usual, when the facts do not fit the prewritten alt-right talking points they ignore the facts:

    “WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service targeted progressive groups applying for tax-exempt status in addition to conservative ones, according to IRS documents released by congressional Democrats on Monday.

    The documents and an internal IRS report being sent to congressional committees reveal that the tax agency used terms that included “progressive” and “occupy” to flag progressive organizations for extra scrutiny before the 2012 elections.”
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/irs-progressive-groups_n_3492679.html

    The explanation for sending out a BOLO for Tea PArty and Progressive groups is simple. Any group applying for a tax exempt status under 501(4) (K) is SUPPOSED to be a group PRIMARILY doing educational or charitable work. Many groups, on both the right and the left, try to get this status even though they are PRIMARILY involved in political activity. Does anyone really think that the “Tea Party” groups were PRIMARILY educational? Or that “Occupy” groups were not PRIMARILY political?
    The reason for the misinformation to Fox viewers was due to a simple and intentional plot by Darrell Issa (R-CA). He LEAKED partial information to the press about the IRS. It was only much later, when the Dems on his committee forced the release of the ENTIRE story that people saw that the IRS was simply doing its job. (That is everyone EXCEPT those who watch FOX, which never corrected the record.)
    Just another bogus alt-right talking point that is shattered by the facts.

    So, after clearing up those “miscommunications”, back to Trump. He will not be impeached. The GOP is the party of Trump. Trump represents the natural evolution of where the GOP has been headed since 1980. They fully support his agenda of racism and xenophobia. I think your #8 is the most likely outcome for Trump himself. He has always been very good at insulating himslef from his illegal and unethical activities. He will simply hang in there watching others fall on their swords.
    However, I expect federal and state indictments against a number of his closest partners. Four have already been indicted, with 2 pleading GUILTY. How do the Trump supporters spin that one?

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