The Monday’s indictments and guilty plead deal announced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller have sent the GOP into a state of high anxiety.
The first charges will almost certainly be followed by more indictments and plea bargains as the probe into the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election shifts into high gear.
As The Hill’s reporter Brent Budowsky writes, Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have reason to be scare:
“Mueller is focusing on collusion between Trump associates and Russia. Collusion is far from proven, but credible evidence of collusion is coming into view.
We now know that operatives for Russia sought and achieved a meeting with Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. for the stated purpose, made clear in the email seeking the meeting, of joining forces in the dissemination of dirt against Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government’s support of Trump.
Former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos also revealed in his plea bargain agreement that he was offered dirt against Clinton by the Russian side and was told by so far unnamed Trump associates to pursue this Russian-supplied dirt.”
As more facts emerge about these two potential examples of collusion, more indictments appear destined to be approved by the grand jury and more plea bargains appear destined to be announced by the special counsel.
And if Trump fires Mueller or issues pardons and the predictable firestorm spreads across the nation, Republicans in Congress will face the political Armageddon of having to impeach the president, which will bitterly divide GOP voters, or oppose impeachment, which will align the GOP with a highly unpopular president.
The president and Republicans in Congress have limited time to do the right things or they will rue the day they did not. And that’s a scary scenario for Trump and Republicans.