Chris Matthews: Trump Jr., Ivanka ‘stand as the next dominoes to fall’

MSNBC host Chris Matthews said Monday that Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpCNN's Gergen: Trump discouraging next generation from civil service The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government Trump shares article blasting federal workers, calling for long shutdown MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie Trump'Vice' director shrugs off report that Ivanka and Jared walked out of screening Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report White House announces reduced delegation to travel to Davos amid shutdown MORE could be "the next dominoes to fall" in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's ongoing investigation.

"The president’s children stand right in the line of Mueller’s investigative progress," Matthews said on "Hardball." "They stand as the next dominoes to fall."

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"Therein lies the problem, where earlier Mueller subjects have given [President] Trump up, these two lack the option to do that. They can hardly testify against their father," he continued. "If the prosecutor will not be stopped and the kids will not fall to him, we see the president’s adult children heading to prison."

Matthews suggested that Mueller could strike a deal where Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. could walk if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs law guaranteeing back pay for federal workers Dems offer measure to raise minimum wage to per hour Congress can stop the war on science MORE does the same.

"But what if the prosecutor were to offer the president an alternative?" he said. "What if he were to say he would let the children walk if the old man does the same? That would mean giving up the presidency in exchange for acquittals all around ― not just for himself, but for all his kids.”

Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and any possible collusion with the Trump campaign has led to criminal indictments against 33 individuals and three entities.

President Trump has repeatedly denounced the probe, often labeling it a “witch hunt.”