Trump will resign presidency with 10 minutes left in term, WAPO writer predicts

Shortly after it was announced that federal prosecutors were accusing Trump of defrauding voters and being a co-conspirator of criminal felonies, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post made a starking prediction: that Trump will resign the presidency in such a way as to avoid any future criminal probes against him.

"I would predict here on MSNBC that when Trump leaves office he will resign the presidency 10 minutes before Mike Pence leaves office, allowing Pence to pardon him if there is not a Republican president to follow him,” Rubin told the network’s AM Joy program.

Her prediction might be right on the money. It's not a bad idea, if you're Trump that is. The country might have different ideas on that.

If Trump is not impeached, and there is the real possibility he will be, there is the serious threat that the Department of Justice can try and pursue him after his presidency ends. If Trump and Pence did this, it would be a procedural move in the final minutes that constitutionally, at least, would be very hard to stop.

After Rubin made the prediction, she took the opportunity to blast Senator Rand Paul for saying Trump hadn't broken any laws for trying to build a hotel in Russia.

“I don’t see what’s illegal about trying to build a hotel in Russia. This is pretty common and I see no problem with it,” Paul said. “Now if you’re asking and saying I will give you something in exchange for letting us build a hotel, that would be wrong, but I haven’t heard any evidence of that.”

Rubin called the comments “shameful,” saying: “I think there was a $50 million penthouse, if I remember it correctly, that was going to be offered to Vladimir Putin.

“The president has been implicated in a crime. If Rand Paul wants to say Republicans are no longer in favor of holding the president to the same standard of law we hold ordinary citizens, that is his right. But I think this kind of wilful ignorance...really is beneath someone who is in the United States Senate.”