A former advisor to former President George W. Bush and former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman argues that President Trump will make a deal to leave the presidency before the end of 2019.

The former Bush official, Alan J. Steinberg, made the argument in an op-ed on NJ.com:

“The self-professed supreme dealmaker will 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.

Trump will be impeached by the House of Representatives 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. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has already obtained Cohen’s guilty plea to this conduct. Democrats now control the House of Representatives, and the votes will be there for the needed impeachment majority.”

Steinberg argues that, though Democrats have the votes to impeach Trump, the two-thirds majority required in the Senate to remove him from office makes his ouster in that form highly unlikely.

The president’s “abysmal” approval ratings and the “forthcoming recession,” triggered by stock chaos and President Trump’s trade war with China, will mean it is “near impossible for Trump to stage a political recovery.”

Steinberg also predicts a Pence pardon.

So far, it’s all fiction from a Trump hater. We’ll see if it begins to resemble reality as legal proceedings in the witch hunt against the president continue.

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