Congressional Republicans and GOP strategists remain steadfast in their support of President Donald Trump in the aftermath of his former lawyer putting the finger on him for campaign finance violations, The New York Times reports.
Michael Cohen’s guilty pleas Tuesday stemming from payments he made to former Trump paramours would seem to have tightened the screws on the president, but given its distance from the Russia investigation, Republican lawmakers remain unfazed.
“Campaign finance violations — I don’t know what will come from that, but the thing that will hurt the president the most is if, in fact, his campaign did coordinate with a foreign government like Russia. Anything short of that is probably going to fall into partisan camps,” the Times quoted Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Graham also released a statement.
“I have no idea about what the facts are surrounding (Cohen’s) guilty plea other than the fact that none of it has anything to do with the Russia investigation,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters.
And with Democrats already at fever pitch over Trump before Cohen’s guilty pleas, the fate of Trump’s presidency is going to lie with Republicans, at least in the current political dynamic.
“In a normal world, it’s not good,” Republican pollster Chris Wilson told the Times. “In today’s political environment, it probably just creates further polarization and political tribalism.”
How Cohen’s pleas – and potential future bombshells – play with voters in November, however, just 76 days out from the midterms is another worry entirely.
“Today’s events are a bombshell, and if nothing shakes them loose from their purposeful inertia, the electorate will do so,” the Times quoted Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
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