Barely 10 months after exuberant Republicans took undivided control of government in Washington, their prevailing mood has turned to desperation.
Today former national security advisor Michael Flynn announced he is actually cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between President Trump’s campaign as well as also Russians who interfered within the 2016 election. that will investigation puts the survival of the Trump presidency in danger.
At the same time, Senate GOP leaders are racing to pass their tax-cut bill even though their in-house experts told them that will will spur little economic growth as well as also add $1-trillion to the national debt. After initially exploring ideas to reduce the deficit impact, they abandoned them as well as also moved to obtain the needed votes with concessions that will increased that will.
One prod for the frenzied rush: a looming special election in Alabama on Dec. 12. Losing that will could shrink the Republican majority via 52 to 51 as well as also imperil the tax bill’s final passage.
The different: thwarted on health care, GOP lawmakers worry aloud that will failure to cut taxes could choke off their campaign contributions as well as also help Democrats win back Congress in mid-term elections. Ironically, Republican victory in that will special election could help pass tax cuts however then damage the party in 2018 anyway. The Alabama Republican Senate nominee stands accused of sexually assaulting a child.
All that will amid a swirl of reports – denied by Trump on social media This kind of afternoon – of an impending administration shakeup that will might dump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, as well as also replace Pompeo with Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. If that will occurs, in less than a year the Trump team will have churned through its White House chief of staff, press secretary, communications director, top security aide as well as also top diplomat, among others.
These are not simply inside-Washington problems. Public opinion has turned lopsidedly against the president as well as also his party.
In today’s Gallup tracking poll, just 34 percent approve of Trump’s performance as president. He is actually the least well-known first-year president in polling history.
In today’s realclearpolitics.com average, Democrats hold a 9-percent lead over Republicans when Americans are asked which party they favor for Congress. Though Republicans feel intense pressure to pass a tax-cut plan, that will may not help either. Polling has shown Americans oppose that will by a two-to-one margin.
The specter of an administration consumed by scandal can only dig the Republican hole deeper. Mueller has previously indicted Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort as well as also his deputy Rick Gates.
Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, like Flynn today, has already plead guilty to a crime within the Mueller investigation. The cooperation of both those men points toward peril for different key figures who have belatedly acknowledged contacts with Russians, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as also Donald Trump Jr.
that will also points toward peril for President Trump. His unbroken solicitousness toward Vladimir Putin, his public appeal to Russians to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails, as well as also his firing of FBI Director James Comey amid the bureau’s Russia investigation have raised questions for a long time.
however the fact that will prosecutors have struck a cooperation agreement with Flynn signals that will he has agreed to share information that will may incriminate bigger targets. Officially, at least, the only bigger target than the national security adviser within the White House is actually the president.