I think this will all be for nothing. I see an immediate pardon coming for him.it wouldn't surprise me but 3 questions come to mind:
1. these charges aren't related to collusion/conspiracy but tax evasion. what excuse would Trump have to pardon him without it looking like he's out to help his buddy?
2. would there be any kind of negative response from the Republicans in Congress? would seem to be an implicit approval of Trump's actions during the campaign and quite probably give him the green light to pardon everyone connected to him without repercussions.
3. what would be the public reaction? Sure, Dems in office and those against Trump would be up in arms, and I think justifiably so, but how many people outside that group will speak out against a pardon.
Great points. And my guess is that's why Mueller will keep this trial all about tax evasion/fraud. Nothing about collusion.
It's clear at this point that Trump's base will support him no matter what, including a pardon for Manafort regardless of the charges. And therefore Republicans in Congress won't do anything beyond clicking their tongues and shaking their heads; some would even praise the pardon.
Democrats, of course, would call for impeachment if Trump ate a salad with the dinner fork. Pardoning Manafort will make them completely unhinged, even though they have to expect it by now.
Assuming Independents actually exist anymore, I'd hope this would be the nail in the coffin of their Trump support.
Actually, as an independent, both parties have officially lost me. Some of the Democrats have definitely lost me with the way they handled losing the election and some of the comments that have come out from their side. An olive branch from them has definitely not been offered and it clear that the best interest of the nation is not at the top of their to do list. It is amazing the level of scrutiny Trump has received. The "thing" with Stormy Daniels was classic- Even Bill Clinton had it easier back in the days of Monica and that was while he was in office! But then again, social media was not around in full force like it is today and some of the news channels were not as biased back in that decade. When someone loses something and cannot own up to it, that is a show of character. For me, the Democrat Party character has been damaged and socialistic candidates will not endear me to them more. The idea that guilty til proven innocent has become the norm, that makes me sickened on so many levels and is truly embarrassing as an American.
Some Republicans also leave a lot to be desired. I am a big proponent on rights for women and other groups who should be allowed the same privileges as "straight" people. I do support tax breaks though and for a business person, my best times have always been under Republican rule. Some of the Republicans definitely scare me though, and would not want to see them in charge of our country. The idea of Pence or Sessions running our country makes me want to get under a heavy dose of anti-depressants! The ironic thing is that if the Democrats had their way, Trump would get impeached and Pence would take over the reigns...You think Donald scares you!
I have voted both parties since 1992 though and did support Clinton in his 2 terms. I also split in 2000 and 2004(one vote one way and one vote the other). I leaned toward Democrat following that but could not support either candidate this last election. I am disenchanted...ready for a change..but not the Socialism type of change! I hope an independent candidate comes out and runs on a moral high ground and shakes everything up but I think we are still not ready although getting closer to that. My biggest fear is that a Socialist candidate gets into the oval house. That kind of government would be the only thing that would seriously give me thought about country of residence.
2020 is coming soon...if in 2 years the Democrats are still trying to blame other's for their loss, they will have a hard time in getting me back on that side of aisle. I will also have 4 years of Trump to analyze then...how is the economy doing in 2020? Is our country more safe or less safe then before? Have they enacted any regulations that I am utterly opposed to? and then my hope of someone in the middle appearing on the scene and challenging both sides which as we know in this day and age of controlled media, close to impossible to get elected but trust me, many Americans are disenchanted and Millennials are at the top of the list.....here is hoping the Millennials do not lean Socialist.