Trump privately concerned he is going to be impeached: report

On Thursday, NBC News reported that President Donald Trump is a lot more worried about legal consequences for his misconduct than he is letting on to the public:

Despite President Donald Trump's public declaration that he isn't concerned about impeachment, he has told people close to him in recent days that he is alarmed by the prospect, according to multiple sources.

Trump's fear about the possibility has escalated as the consequences of federal investigations involving his associates and Democratic control of the House sink in, the sources said, and his allies believe maintaining the support of establishment Republicans he bucked to win election is now critical to saving his presidency.

Earlier this week in an interview with Reuters, Trump dismissed impeachment threats, saying, "It's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong and who's created the greatest economy in the history of our country." He also added that "the people would revolt" if he was impeached — an incredibly dangerous sentiment from the nation's foremost enforcer of the rule of law.

Impeachment has now become a serious possibility with Democrats taking over the House. Publicly, Democrats are coy about the possibility, especially since even if they did impeach him, a conviction in the Republican-controlled Senate is highly unlikely. However, incoming House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who would be responsible for starting the process, says that some of the allegations against Trump about illegal payoffs to women he slept with during the election could constitute impeachable offenses.

As investigations wear on, there is no telling where the political winds may shift — and with Congress ready to hold Trump accountable for the first time, his fears could be justified.

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