Alan Steinberg, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, shared his opinions on Donald Trump’s future in an NJ.com op-ed. He said that to protect himself, his children and the Trump Organization, Trump will make a deal to exit the presidency “before the end of 2019.”
Steinberg stated that Trump will most likely “use his presidency as a bargaining chip with federal and state authorities in 2019, agreeing to leave office in exchange for the relevant authorities not pursuing criminal charges against him, his children or the Trump Organization.”
The prediction also says that Trump will be impeached by the Democratic led House of Representatives, but the Republican led Senate will most likely not convict him and remove him from office. This is a very problematic scenario.
The impeachment would be “for high crimes and misdemeanors, specifically his involvement in directing his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to commit a felony by making illegal in-kind contributions to the Trump campaign and concealing them,” according to Steinberg.
The deal would most likely include a pardon from then President Mike Pence, so Trump could retain all his assets and avoid criminal prosecution. Steinberg was a regional administrator at the EPA under Bush and served as an executive director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. He’s been around the politics of the White House long enough to know that is the most likely scenario.
We all know Trump is not going to recover politically and it’s only a matter of time before something finally gives. While this is not the most exciting way out, we will be happy about any path that leads to Trump’s exit.