MSNBC host Chris Matthews said Monday that Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpCourt orders release of some redacted passages of Mueller report How Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah Meadows comes under growing Jan. 6 panel spotlight Tucker Carlson rips Graham over report he told officers to shoot Jan. 6 rioters MORE could be "the next dominoes to fall" in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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."
"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 TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection 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.”