This was all inevitable.
The guilty pleas of Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulas are the tip of the iceberg, and we all know who the Titanic is.
If a candidate surrounded himself with smart/honest people, rather than lackeys, he would hear, “Mr. Candidate, it is against American law to get campaign support from foreign entities, maybe especially Russia.”
If you surround yourself with dunces (see: Papadopoulas and Donald Jr.) or worse, dishonest people (see: Manafort), they may be more than a little willing to collude with a foreign government, especially when that government jams tens of millions of dollars in their pocket.
Honesty Test: When Russians come to you and offer dirt on your campaign opponent, do you (A) Report it to the FBI or (B) Say ‘Cool, when can we get together?’ Hint: Taking foreign support, Russian or otherwise, is verboten!
Even during the campaign we knew that the Donald had his lips firmly attached to V. Putin’s arsenal. His team removed exactly one plank from the GOP convention platform – the one that recommended penalties for Russia as punishment for their intervention in the Ukraine.
As the investigation progresses, Trump fans (and Trump) are going to lose their minds. Everything is a conspiracy! Why aren’t they investigating Hillary?
Trump and his fans are of equal intellect (though DT would tell you he is superior) but we need not fear his supporters, as they do not have the nuclear codes.
Trump, on the other hand… this gentleman is genuinely unstable, and has proven he will do anything or say anything to maintain power.
His first desperate act will almost certainly be to pardon Paul Manafort, and maybe others as it becomes necessary.
This will not be enough to stop the investigation, however. Robert Mueller has many irons in this fire.
When the investigation heats up, and it becomes obvious the pardons will not patch the iceberg holes, Trump’s panic will grow. The best we can hope is for him to resign. At worst he may well do what dictators worldwide have done throughout history, when their countrymen begin to question their fitness for office: Start a war to win support.
Even Nixon didn’t do that, but Trump is not as smart as Nixon. Ego-driven Trump cares only for his image. If he believes a war would make him look heroic, he would not care about the consequences of war. Even the prospect of dead Americans would not deter him.
The law of our land is ‘civilian rule over the military.’ Will our military leaders be able to say ‘no’ when their commander in chief says we must invade Bahrain, or Manila or Russia (just kidding!) to fight terrorists?