Let’s face it, when a U.S. president who is as new as Trump is being investigated by Congress, the FBI and, now, a special counsel for his ties to Russia, an arch enemy of the country, you know he is ‘toast.’

But of course we know this ‘drill,’ the President resigns in discrace, the Vice President takes over, and as a ‘thank you’ for inheriting the most powerful job in the world, the new president, in this case Mike Pence, pardons the disgraced president, and everyone wins.

I would call it the ultimate payoff.