jimjam wrote:In a new federal court filing, the Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested for the first time that it is investigating Trump and his company for possible fraud.
i see this as a major reason for donald's increased desperation
I don't think so. It is much simpler than that, it is fear of failure, it is an embarrassment. That's all he ever cared about, the appearance of success.
He can get out of prosecution easily, just hand the presidency over to pence and get a pardon. Done and done.
If it is fear of being prosecuted, not resigning might be a risk. If he loses, pence might not be necessarily be willing to taint whatever reputation is left by issuing a pardon for no reason. If he "pardons himself" there is a decent chance that this could be challenged. After all, the court did say that president is not above the law, and as far as I know, this would be unprecedented.
The other alternative is that he might have financial risk instead of and/or in addition to criminal exposure. The risk of losing money and/or being exposed as not having much or being in deep debt could ruin his scams and he might feel that as president he has a better shot as stonewalling the investigations than otherwise.
I think it is one of those things, money or simply ego.