The Republican Party is feeling under siege now that two of President Donald Trump’s associates are headed to jail — and his first two congressional supporters have been indicted on corruption charges.
In an interview with Axios, one anonymous GOP operative didn’t sugarcoat how bad this is for his party, and simply said, “the Republican Party looks like a criminal enterprise.”
Democratic operatives, Axios goes on to write, are ready to pounce on the latest round of GOP convictions and indictments. Instead of campaigning on impeachment, however, one Dem operative says that the party will instead pitch itself as a check on GOP corruption.
On Tuesday, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts related to tax fraud and other charges, while former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen pled guilty to eight separate counts that included tax fraud and illegal campaign contributions made at the direction of Trump.
Additionally, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who was the second congressman to endorse Trump’s candidacy, was indicted on corruption charges on Tuesday. Earlier in the month, Trump’s first endorser, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), was slapped with charges related to an alleged insider trading scheme.