Vice President Mike Pence is an evangelical Christian extremist and Donald Trump is a New York “playboy” who’s appeared on the Howard Stern show and suggested he’d want to date Ivanka if he weren’t her father. The two men couldn’t be more different.
The Atlantic has just reported that Pence was contemplating a coup to replace Trump after the “Access Hollywood” tape, where Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals, became public. According to the report, the Republican Party was exploring ways to make Pence the 2016 nominee. There was even buzz about drafting George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice as Pence’s running mate.
According to the article, some GOP donors were floating the idea of raising enough money to “buy out” Trump so he’d drop out of the race. Evidently, the plan was halted when Trump said it would cost them approximately $800 million dollars.
From The Atlantic:
Already, Reince Priebus’s office was being flooded with panicked calls from GOP officials and donors urging the RNC chairman to get rid of Trump by whatever means necessary. One Republican senator called on the party to engage emergency protocols to nominate a new candidate. RNC lawyers huddled to explore an obscure legal mechanism by which they might force Trump off the ticket. Meanwhile, a small group of billionaires was trying to put together money for a “buyout”—even going so far as to ask a Trump associate how much money the candidate would require to walk away from the race. According to someone with knowledge of the talks, they were given an answer of $800 million. (It’s unclear whether Trump was aware of this discussion or whether the offer was actually made.) Republican donors and party leaders began buzzing about making Pence the nominee and drafting Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.
Today we learned that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Trump’s Deutsche Bank records.
This excerpt is from an August 2017 Financial Times article about Trump’s relationship with the bank:
When Donald Trump sued Deutsche Bank in late 2008, it was “classic Trump”, according to the German bank, which sued him back.
The New York property developer was trying to wriggle out of $40m of personal guarantees he had supplied on a $640m loan to build Trump International Hotel & Tower in downtown Chicago. The Lehman Brothers crisis was an unimaginable event that should get him off the hook, he argued. The future US president sought damages of $3bn — because the Deutsche-led consortium of lenders had just played a part in wrecking the world economy.
The plot thickens…