John Bolton fears Trump indictment will act as accelerant on his campaign: ‘Rocket fuel’
John Bolton, the former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, has expressed his concern that a potential indictment of the President could actually help his re-election campaign. Bolton believes that such an indictment would act as "rocket fuel" for Trump's campaign, energizing his base and rallying them around him. Bolton's comments come as the investigation into Trump's alleged ties to Russia and obstruction of justice continues to heat up. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has already indicted several members of Trump's inner circle, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Many believe that Trump himself could be next. While an indictment would be a serious blow to any President's re-election campaign, Bolton believes that Trump's base would see it as evidence of a "deep state" conspiracy against him. This would only serve to further galvanize his supporters and make them more determined to see him re-elected. Bolton's comments are not without precedent. In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice. Despite this, Clinton's approval ratings actually increased during the impeachment process, and he went on to win re-election in 2000. Of course, there are also many who believe that an indictment would be the end of Trump's political career. They argue that the charges would be so serious that even his most ardent supporters would be forced to abandon him. Additionally, an indictment could lead to a constitutional crisis, as it is unclear whether a sitting President can be indicted. Regardless of what happens, it is clear that the investigation into Trump's alleged wrongdoing will continue to be a major issue in the 2020 election. Whether it ultimately helps or hurts Trump's chances of re-election remains to be seen.