You don’t need a Ph.D. in political science to see Trump gaming this out to his immediate advantage. When special counsel Robert Mueller released his two-years in the making, critical and reproving report in April, Trump had the political brilliance and audacity to describe it as a personal exoneration.
He’ll likely do the same thing with his Senate trial and acquittal, clutching the proceedings to his chest as proof that his phone call with Ukraine Volodymyr President Zelensky really was “perfect.” Then, look for him to campaign hard on the Mueller report and the Senate acquittal as legal evidence that he did nothing wrong in his first term and deserves another. Already, he’s vilifying the Democrats over impeachment, calling them “ the Party of Hate.” Trump will soon go on the hustings to bellow, Innocent, innocent, innocent. And his base will cheer him on, doing their best to making him the first impeached president to win reelection.
Not only have the Democrats in the House of Representatives emptied their quiver, they’ve inadvertently reset the threshold for what constitutes presidential misbehavior to astronomical levels. After the Senate hands Trump his inevitable acquittal, he’ll be free to invite the network TV cameras into the Oval Office to listen in as he phones Zelensky and re-ups his July request that Ukraine investigate Joe and Hunter Biden as a “favor.” From there, who knows where Trump’s transgressive impulses might take him? He’s already allowed himself to be enriched by lobbyists and foreign delegations who stay in the Trump Hotel in Washington. His government has awarded contracts to his supporters and denied them to perceived foes like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Trump even tried to award one to himself when he proposed hosting the G-7 summit at his hotel in Miami.
Source: Politico News