The Michael Cohen sentencing set off new rounds of speculation over whether the Trump presidency will end before the expiration of his term. It’s time to revisit briefly the options: resignation, indictment, impeachment.
When Trump was elected, speculation held that he didn’t really want to be president and – under the pressure of investigations, too much work, not enough golf, and a desire to return to money making – would quit before the end of his term. That speculation was hopeful thinking that failed to account for the seductive qualities of life in the White House as the most powerful, visible, and pampered person on the planet. Trump’s needy, narcissistic personality made him particularly susceptible. He’s not going anywhere without a powerful push.