After the bombshell reports coming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office over the last several weeks, many Republican lawmakers have starting worrying and wondering if President Donald Trump will even finish out his first term as President.
On PBS News Hour, longtime New York Times columnist David Brooks, a voice of mainstream conservatism, said he is hearing from Republican lawmakers that they feel President Trump may not make it to January 2021, as the White House continues to spiral into chaos.
Brooks added that Republicans are rightfully concerned by the findings released by Mueller last Friday that could be used in future impeachment hearings against Trump, once Democrats take control of the House next month:
“The sense you get is a lot of Republicans are looking at this White House, and they’re seeing an administration under a lot of judicial and legal threat and a lot under political threat, and they see a White House Counsel’s Office that is denuded of authority and people,” Brooks said. “
“And then, what they call the membrane around Trump is failing, and the membrane is the group of people they put around Trump to protect him from himself. And over the years, the Hope Hickses of the world, and maybe in the next few days the John Kellys of the world are going and gone, and so you see a Trump unprotected from himself.”
Brooks also added that some Republican lawmakers are now speculating they won’t have Trump holding them back in 2020 either.
“And you’re beginning to see a lot of Republicans who are looking seriously at 2019, with a lot of Fridays like this one, and Trump really hurting himself, and maybe not serving out the term,” he added.