President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says that Warren is more interested in her heritage & # 39; should focus on researching its companies. Trump: people say that wall has not made a difference in El Paso's & messaged & # 39; GOP promotes Trump line mirroring Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan MORE's legal problems are spiraling in 2016, and even some people who support his agenda are worried about what comes next.
"They go after every aspect of his business and his finances, and they have unlimited resources, it's a big concern because the Democrats are not looking for truth, but to destroy him and his presidency," a Republican campaign advisor told The Hill.
Brad Blakeman, a veteran of President George W. Bush's government and a strong bearer of Trump, insisted that the president had done nothing wrong, but acknowledged that the various probes he is now facing are so time-consuming that they " distance from his ability to rule. "
In addition to the probe to accusations of Russian election interference led by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: the US must cheer Mueller's choice to lead Russia MORE. Trump has several questions about matters such as the financing of his inauguration in 2017 and payments to women in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
Other cases are being pursued by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia, who claim that Trump has violated the Emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits office holders from taking advantage of foreign interests.
The recently elected attorney general of New York, Letitia James, has won part of the office by promising a lot of research into Trump's previous business transactions.
Moreover, the Democrats claim their power now that they are back in the majority of the House.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCohen presents testimony for Senate Intelligence panel Ted Cruz tweets & Bravo Nancy & # 39; after Dem leadership criticizes Omar The Hill's Morning Report – presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine – next 24 hours critical for stalled financing talks MORE (D-Calif.) last week announced new parameters in the investigation of his panel to Trump, including investigating whether a "foreign actor … has tried to compromise or leverage" against the president.
Trump is even fiercer than usual. He took the unusual step of complaining during his State of the Union speech last week about ridiculous partisan inquiries & # 39;
Separately, he called Schiff a "political hack." He resisted presidential intimidation & # 39; on Twitter. And on Friday, he adopted a familiar chorus, insisting that accusations of collusion with Russia include a "GIANT AND ILLEGAL HOAX & # 39; goods.
But for the opponents and critics of Trump such sentiments betray nervousness.
"There is no doubt that Trump feels that the walls are getting closer and that he is losing control over his own destination," said Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer. "His statements reflect that fact."
Tim O & # 39; Brien, the executive editor of Good Politic Opinion and the author of a book about Trump, said: "I think when the president gets out on social media or in interviews with the press – especially with people like Schiff or Mueller or [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi – he usually does not do it from a strong position. "
The idea that the investigations could penetrate deeply into his company history or affect members of his immediate family. "I think he is in fear," O & # 39; Brien added.
Advocates for the president naturally see things differently. They emphasize that, despite all investigations to date, there was no evidence that he personally colluded with Russia.
They claim that there has been more noise than substance in all investigations, and they believe Trump enemies like the New York Attorney General are exaggerating their range – prosecutors can not simply dive into Trump's finances during a fishing expedition, noting are defenders.
They also argue that democrats must carefully parade themselves in case the voters conclude that they act purely out of anti-Trump animus.
"I think it is actually more damaging for the Democrats, because if you are against everything, you will stand for nothing," Blakeman said. "If you are purely against the president because he is the president, I think you are damaging your brand."
But others who are sympathetic to Trump are worried about whether his verbal attacks on Mueller and other tormentors are counter-productive, deliberate suspicions.
Mark CoralloMark CoralloThe memo: Trump allies worry if legal problems multiply Trump has to deal with increasing legal pressure on three fronts. Former assistant: Trump equated US with regime of a murderous kleptocrat & # 39; MORE, a communication strategist who briefly served as a spokesman for the outside world of the president team in 2017, said he can understand why Trump got so aggravated by the different probes aimed at him.
"That said, I do not think it helps to call the Mueller research a" witch hunt. "It is not a witch hunt," he said. "It is a serious investigation that is being conducted by a serious, honest American lawyer."
Corallo added that he believed that Trump's biggest danger was political rather than legal.
"His danger is seen as unreasonable and irrational to the electorate, and that is all he has to avoid," he said.
Those who are more skeptical about the President are of the opinion that the dangers are multifaceted.
They note the number of people around the president who have been charged, guilty, or convicted.
The list now includes his former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHead authors make secret submission in case that coupled with Mueller Nunes says Mueller will not find collusion with Russia The memo: Trump closes care as legal problems multiply MORE, Manafort & # 39; s deputy Richard Gates, Trump & # 39; s former national safety advisor Michael Flynn, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his old collaborator Roger StoneRoger Jason Stone Should Roger Stone be gagged? Nunes says Mueller will not find the collusion with Russia. The Memo: Trump joins the ferret, because legal problems multiply MORE.
The question of whether the president is well equipped to push back against the attack remains an open question. It is only in the recent past that the office of the White House adviser is considerably staffed, for example.
O & # 39; Brien, the author of the Trump book, commented: "I think he has many weak points as a person, but one of his great strengths is that he is a survivor – he is very good at assessing threats to himself, but it took him too long to see what these threats were. "
Others more closely connected with the unrest of Trump claim that the president was not fully prepared for the massive political change when the Democrats took over the House.
"This is going to be a fierce battle, and I hope the people around President Trump telling him that he could work with a democratically controlled house now appreciate the huge mistake they made," said the Republican campaign advisor.
The specter of President Nixon's resignation under threat of dismissal has been above Trump for some time. But even enemies like Avenatti say they do not see a real chance of a similar scenario that unfolds while Republicans, especially in the Senate, remain largely loyal to the president.
Even if Trump is not confronted with such a denouement, virtually everyone agrees that there will be some difficult and embarrassing days – involving at least a succession of Trump allies who are brought before Congress to testify.
"We now have the parallel with what we had in Watergate – people question all the men of the president in public," said Harry Litman, a former assistant assistant attorney general
The Memo is a reported column by Niall Stanage, mainly focused on the presidency of Donald Trump.