President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE has reportedly told confidants and close advisers in recent days that he is worried about Democratic threats of impeachment, despite his public comments indicating otherwise.
NBC News reports that multiple figures close to the president say that Trump has grown increasingly worried in recent days over an investigation into payments made to several women who threatened to come forward during the later days of the 2016 campaign with stories of alleged affairs with Trump.
Trump's longtime lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenStormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Melania Trump announces new line of NFTs Michael Cohen to sell prison badge as NFT MORE admitted to making the illegal payments at the president's direction and was sentenced to three years in prison this week for those crimes and others he admitted to in a plea deal earlier this year. This week, prosecutors with the Southern District of New York also announced a deal with American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, in which the magazine admitted to making a similar payment to a woman on Trump's behalf.
Those two deals spell trouble for the president, one Trump ally told NBC, who said that the true danger lies in the testimony of American Media chairman David Pecker and Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg.
“The entire question about whether the president committed an impeachable offense now hinges on the testimony of two men: David Pecker and Allen Weisselberg, both cooperating witnesses in the SDNY investigation," a person close to Trump told NBC News.
Trump has maintained publicly that he does not fear impeachment despite Democrats winning the House last month, even suggesting in a recent interview that his supporters would "revolt" if he was removed from office.
"It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview.
“I’m not concerned, no," he added. "I think that the people would revolt if that happened."