US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (R) greet guests during the Congressional Ball at the White House in Washington DC on December 15, 2018. / AFP / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
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Less than two years into Trump's presidency, his business associates, political advisers and family members are being probed, along with the practices of his late father.All of this with the first special counsel investigation against a president in 20 years hanging over Trump's head, spinning out charges and strong-arming guilty pleas from underlings while keeping in suspense whether the president -- "Individual 1" in prosecutor Robert Mueller's coded legalese -- will end up accused of criminal behavior himself.This jeopardy has come with Trump's party in control of Congress and the Justice Department driving at least three separate criminal investigations.They are the Mueller probe looking into possible collusion, obstruction of justice or other wrongdoing in contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia; the New York campaign-finance case involving hush money paid to Trump's alleged lovers; and now a case from New York, first reported by The Wall Street Journal this past week, examining the finances and operations of Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreign interests made illegal payments to it.At worst, the probes are a threat to the presidency, Trump's family and his business interests.Even if Trump avoids impeachment, the Democratic investigations will create headaches.That combination makes it hard to imagine a president effectively engaged in policy, even if -- as in the case of Clinton -- the drawn-out investigations lead to an impeachment that fails to remove Trump.As the investigations mount, few Republicans have dissociated themselves publicly from Trump.Prosecutors, as well as Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen and a tabloid company that has long been an ally, assert that Trump directed hush payments to keep women quiet about alleged affairs in the closing weeks of the 2016 campaign.
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