Why give any ammunition regarding hush money at all? There must be smarter ways to divert attention. Safer to assume they are in fact that daft, otherwise it's a hell of a rabbit hole you're going down.
I'm starting to wonder if removal of US troops in South Korea might be the red line that many Reps won't cross and now they're going to engineer his removal. That would cede control of a major part of the region to the Chinese (and maybe the Russians) and I can't imagine that would sit well in the US.
The US is way behind Russia and China in developing its space military capability, actually. If it's going to be competitive as mankind moves out into the solar system, and not cede it to oppressive dictatorships, it'll need to put serious money into a space force.