You can't look forward in the presidency of Donald Trump without looking back. Whether it's his behavior with women or his political policies or his style, he laid it out before us during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Women and real estate have been at the center of Trump's life for many years. He was the New York City playboy whose marriages and affairs made headlines in newspapers and magazines during the '80's and '90's. Trump loved the publicity as long as he saw it as good for him.
Donald Trump inadvertently went national with his thoughts about women when the Access Hollywood tapes were released during the presidential campaign. He brushed off his abusive words about women caught on tape as no big deal, and countered the bad publicity by bringing women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct to the second presidential debate. He proudly held a news conference with those women prior to the debate and said:
"If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse. Mine were words, and his was action. What he's done to women, there's never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that's been so abusive to women."
Fast forward to 2018. A porn star and former Playboy Playmate may now be the ones to bring down the Trump presidency. Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal have turned the tables on Donald Trump using all the publicity they can muster to expose their alleged extramarital affairs with the President and the hush money they were paid shortly before the election. The two women claim to have had the affairs with Trump not long after his wife Melania gave birth to their son.
Attemps to silence Daniels and McDougal have resoundingly failed. The hush money both received became the target of this week's extraordinary FBI raid on Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen's office and residence. Cohen has admitted paying Stormy Daniels $130,000.00, and negotiating a non-disclosure agreement weeks before the election. Karen McDougal's money came via a deal with the National Enquirer owned by Trump friend David Pecker. How much additional money, where it came from, and how many others have been paid by Cohen is a dangling question. The money trail, using a shell corporation(s) for the purposes of these payments, sent red flags waving. Federal fianace laws and potential money laundering are all at play.
Trump is reportedly seething. Talk of the President firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney Genereal Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller have become louder once again, but this time with increased velocity. Republicans appear to be surprisingly and increasinly vocal in their warnings to the President concerning potential firings of these men, while Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the White House has been advised that the President has the authority to fire the Special Counsel.
Legal authorities think otherwise. If Donald Trump fires anyone in the chain of command over Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or the Special Counsel himself, talk of constitutional crisis will permeate the air.