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The following are excerpts from a news report by David Weigel and Felicia Sonmez, dated 11 February 2019, under the headline "Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ in 2020, Elizabeth Warren says".|
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa —Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told voters on Sunday (10 February 2019) that President Trump might be unable to finish his term, firing back at him for the first time since his reelection campaign attacked her rollout.
“By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not be president,” Warren told an audience here. “In fact, he may not even be a free person.”
Warren had not previously hinted that the scandals surrounding the president could keep him from seeking a second term. In her previous trip to Iowa, she rarely mentioned Trump by name....
Warren’s remark comes as Trump’s legal woes are deepening and as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia probe has closed in on several key members of the president’s orbit.
A little more than halfway into his first term, nearly every organization Trump has led in the past decade is under investigation. The mounting challenges include civil suits against Trump’s private company and charity, as well as several looming investigations by House Democrats.
And with last month’s indictment of Trump’s longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone, the Mueller investigation has now led to charges against 34 people and guilty pleas from six Trump associates.....
The idea that scandals might force Trump from office is widespread among Democratic voters, and other candidates have hinted at it, as well.
“Impeachment, prison, not reelected, runs off and hides on a Caribbean island — I don’t care,” said Andrea Taylor, a 44-year-old respiratory therapist in Cedar Rapids. “I just don’t want him to keep hurting our country.”
At a Saturday morning town hall in Marshalltown, Iowa, Booker had an exchange with a voter who said she wanted a candidate tough enough to beat Trump. The New Jersey Democrat replied that he was ready for the fight — but that he was unsure whether the president would be on the ballot.
“Should I be our nominee and Trump also be their nominee — I’m not sure that he will be — you will see the toughest person standing against him,” Booker said. (End excerpts)