A longtime Republican strategist claimed Sunday it was “hard” to believe that the special counsel would not find “something” illicit in President Donald Trump’s long financial history that would lead to his impeachment should Democrats take back the U.S. House of Representatives in the fall.
Alex Castellanos, who previously worked on the campaigns of George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and Bob Dole, explained on ABC’s This Week that a potential “storm” was on the horizon for the president and advised him to form a top legal team as soon as possible.
“It’s hard to believe that someone like Donald Trump, who has been a disrupter all his life, who has flouted his way to business success, that Robert Mueller is not going to dig up something in Trump’s complicated financial history to say, 'Look, the president of the United States did this and it was wrong,'” Castellanos said. “And it’s hard to believe then that when Republicans lose the House in 2018, maybe by 40 or 50 seats, that [the] House is not going to impeach him.”
And if Republicans manage to maintain the majority in the Senate, Castellanos warned that they too might be wary of sticking by Trump if special counsel Robert Mueller turned up something nefarious.
"And it’s also hard to believe that a U.S. Senate that’s going to be scared to death, though may still be in Republican hands, is not going to take a serious look when it has to deal with this president,” he said.
Castellanos concluded: "So get good legal help now, because the storm is coming."
Some incumbent Democrats have failed in their attempt to bring articles of impeachment against Trump during his first 14 months in office. Republicans control the House with a majority of 238 to 192 and five vacancies, but this year’s midterm elections could help Democrats take back the chamber and potentially impeach the president. That would force the Senate to hold a trial on the charges.
Castellanos’s warning followed heavy turnover on Trump’s legal team. Attorney John Dowd resigned last month after he reportedly believed the president was no longer taking his advice, while Trump nearly hired two other attorneys but later pulled out after discovering they might have a conflict of interest.
Mueller has so far charged former members of Trump’s campaign and others, but what he may have or be pursuing in regards to the president remains unclear. The special counsel already ensnared former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who also worked on the Trump campaign, as well as former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and top campaign leaders Rick Gates and Paul Manafort.
Flynn, Papadopoulos and Gates have each agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s probe, while Manafort is still fighting the charges and is expected to face a trial later this year.
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