Trump's afraid he's going to get impeached, source says
On the same day President Donald Trump is said to be angry and humiliated for being turned down by Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff to take over General Kelly's job, Trump is expressing concern that there's the "real possibility" Democrats are going to impeach him.
Right now, no one knows exactly what will happen, but another source thinks "the only issue that may stick" will be the campaign finance violations, where Trump lied to the public and said he had no knowledge of the hush-money payoffs to Stormy Daniels and other affairs.
There is a lot of pressure on the hill to impeach Trump, though, and the president knows it. Whether or not that will result in a conviction with a Republican-led Senate is another story, but Mueller's final report and the damning information that comes out on "individual-1" could prove to sway a few senators on Trump's side of the aisle.
Incoming House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler says that the allegations already released by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, if proven, are good enough to result in Trump's conviction. Others are signaling that he could be indicted when he leaves office to make it easier.
In any case, Trump is defending his actions. He took to Twitter on Monday and stated that the hush-money payment was "a simple private transaction." Notice the difference in his rhetoric now with before. He's basically been caught in a lie and now is changing his tune. He still insists, that no matter what law he violated, "there was NO COLLUSION."
“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018
....which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s - but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018
To the collusion point - that point actually hasn't been proven yet. Mueller's filings have pointed out that Manafort (Trump's campaign manager) promised private briefings to a Russian oligarch close to Putin because he was worried about money he owed him. We still probably don't know the full story on that. A large chunk of Mueller's report has been heavily redacted.