Special counsel Robert Mueller may cut a deal for President Donald Trump to resign from office in return for nonprosecution of Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump.
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews laid down how Trump could “leverage the office” to keep his eldest children out of prison.
“Let me finish tonight with how the Mueller investigation could end,” Matthews said. “Given the toughness Bob Mueller is showing, it looks like he would have no hesitation indicting anyone he finds guilty in his path.”
“If you did the crime, you’re going to do the time — that’s unless you’re ready to turn state’s evidence against the kingpin Donald Trump,” he noted. “Which brings us to a pair of Mueller subjects who lack that option — Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump.”
“The president’s children stand right in the line of Mueller’s investigative progress — they stand as the next dominos to fall,” he continued.
“But therein lies the problem, where earlier Mueller subjects have given Trump up, these two lack the option to do that,” he said. “They can hardly testify against their father.”
“Which brings the country to the reckoning. If the prosecutor will not be stopped and the kids will not fall to him, we see the president’s adult children heading to prison,” he continued.
“But what if the prosecutor were to offer the president an alternative, what if he were to say he would let the children walk if the old man does the same?” Matthews wondered. “They get to go scot-free if he’s willing to take the [Spiro] Agnew way out.”
“That would mean giving up the presidency in exchange for acquittals all around, not just for himself, but for his kids,” he explained.