Recent testimony by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen about hush money for sex has led to lots of speculation. When will impeachment proceedings start and what will happen when and if Trump is impeached and convicted?
Even Trump himself is joining in, saying, “If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor,” proving that he doesn’t know how many of us are already poor.
As impeachment nears, there are speculations about who will be fired and when. Most people are saying Jeff Sessions and Robert Mueller will be fired after the midterms.
I’ve seen the idea floated that Trump would do something drastic if he was impeached and convicted. Please. He’ll probably be in a locked bunker all by himself with a pile of cheeseburgers. He’ll watch the proceedings on three TVs and tweet “FAKE NEWS” right up to the moment someone kicks the door in.
Here at Adventures in Irony, we love to speculate. It’s what we do. So we were thrilled when Cohen spilled and involved David Pecker, because the possibilities suddenly became enormous.
We love the irony that David Pecker, CEO of the National Enquirer, has been a major buddy to Trump, what with the National Enquirer being the epitome of fake news.
Random National Enquirer front-page headlines we’ve loved: Chimp’s head discovered on Oprah’s back! Elvis found on international space station! Tom Arnold killed JFK! Gay aliens found in UFO wreck! Stevie Wonder can see again! Guess which one I didn’t make up.
The thought actually occurs that the reason Trump thinks most of the world’s newspapers are dishing out fake news is because he’s accepted National Enquirer headlines as true all his life and thinks all the rest of the papers are covering up the truth about Elvis, the international space station and Stevie Wonder.
The main revelations the past couple of weeks have been – surprise – that Cohen didn’t pay the hush money to the Playboy model just to be nice. He was actually – gasp – doing what his mega-rich client asked him to do, which was to keep news of the sexual affair out of the papers before the 2016 general election. And ecker helped by buying the rights to the model’s story and not publishing it. And the money to do so came from a company Trump owns.
Since that company and the National Enquirer is based in New York City, there is a very good chance New York prosecutors will be filing charges against Trump and his organization for money laundering and fraud in a few months, so Robert Mueller won’t be so alone in investigating all this.
The ship is sinking and the rats are abandoning the ship.
So here’s my idea of what will happen. The Democrats are betting on a “blue wave” in November and don’t want to complicate their chances by confusing matters with an impeachment hearing. But after the midterms, things can get underway.
As long as Mueller is on the job and Sessions is keeping Trump from meddling with federal investigations, Congress will happily stay out of it. Nobody in Congress likes to work.
But once Mueller and Sessions are fired or quit, impeachment proceedings will follow within months.
Rudy Giuliani has said Paul Manafort is being considered for a federal pardon from Trump. At some point Trump is going to want to line up a pardon for himself, and his people are finally going to get it through to his big head that no, he won’t get away with pardoning himself.
So the only way he can get his pardon is by trusting the one rat who, by that time will still be onboard the ship – Mike Pence. Because Mike Pence wants to be president.
So, as I see it, when Trump reaches sufficient awareness of his predicament, he is going to beg congresspeople in his own party to speed up the process and get an impeachment done sooner rather than later. If Trump is going to be convicted by the Senate, he’ll want it to happen before Jan. 20, 2021.
A question for further discussion:
Could Trump be right when he says “flipping” should be “almost illegal?” What would the U.S. criminal justice system look like if plea bargaining for reduced sentences were made illegal? Would it result in fewer convictions and therefore fewer incarcerations in the long run?
Dr. Wes Browning is a one time math professor who has experienced homelessness several times. He supplied the art for the first cover of Real Change in November of 1994 and has been involved with the organization ever since. This is his weekly column, Adventures in Irony, a dry verbal romp of the absurd.
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