Leaks from a Friday call between Trump and House Republicans have surfaced. In it, Trump voiced his greatest fear:
It’s a ‘bad thing to have on your resume,’ according to a source on the call. Two other sources on the call confirmed the substance of the comment, but one said they recalled Trump phrasing it as ‘you don’t want it [impeachment] on your resume.'”Axios:
Although Trump claims that a vote to impeach him would definitely give the GOP House in 2020 and ignite a Civil War, he does not want to go down in history as the third, impeached president.
Behind the scenes: Many of Trump’s advisers, both inside and out of the White House, have given him their unpleasant prediction that he will almost certainly be impeached by the House of Representatives. But they have also told him they believe there is almost no chance the Senate convicts him.
- One person who spoke to Trump in the past 10 days said he seemed resistant to that prediction and said he thought he could stop Nancy Pelosi from getting the votes to impeach. The source said Trump seemed confident that he could pile enough pressure onto House Democrats in “Trump districts” (where he won in 2016 but Democrats took back in 2018) that those incumbents would cave on Pelosi.
- But a second person who spoke to Trump in the last few days said the president “was not in denial” and understood that the House is probably going to impeach him.