Top White House aides, lawmakers, donors and political consultants are privately asking whether President Donald Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril. In more than a dozen interviews, Republicans inside and outside the White House told CNN conversations are ramping up behind the scenes about whether Trump fully grasps that his feuds with members of his own party and shortage of legislative achievements could soon put the fate of his presidency at risk.
Republicans are convinced that Trump will be impeached if Democrats retake the House of Representatives.
"When Democrats take control of the House they will absolutely move for articles of impeachment," one Trump confidant predicted. "The number one thing Trump should be doing to save his presidency is helping congressional Republicans maintain their majorities," Conant said. "Instead he's allowing his allies like Steve Bannon to really undermine Republican reelection campaigns. It's just reckless and politically naive considering how devastating it would be to his presidency."
Democrats will make Trump's life hell according to Republican experts.
GOP operatives are already envisioning Trump family members and acquaintances being dragged up to Capitol Hill over months to testify. "Once the House is lost, then it just becomes, 'Let's look into Don Jr.'s tweets, let's subpoena his country club locker,'" one GOP strategist quipped. "Nothing is going to get done." "It's so much more painful than going right to a proceeding of impeachment," another senior Republican operative added. Another GOP congressional aide predicted the Democrats would make Trump's life a "living hell."