An expert who made the stunning prediction of Donald Trump’s victory in the last US Presidential election, has made another prediction insinuating the president might be removed from office soon. According to a multiple reports making rounds in the United States, a professor who has correctly predicted the outcome of every US election since 1984 has claimed US President Donald Trump will be impeached within months.
A sensational investigation into Russian meddling in the US election is engulfing Trump after charges were brought against two of his former associates. Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, and Richard Gates, a business associate, were indicted by special investigator Robert Mueller on Monday. Trump staunchly denies there was any “collision” between his campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 election. But with charges filed against former members of his inner circle, talk of Trump resigning or being impeached over the probe is begining to swirl.
Professor Allan Lichtman, of Washington DC’s American University, believes the odds of Trump being impeached or resigning within months are now “quite high”. Speaking exclusively to us, Lichtman, who predicted Trump’s shock election win, said he could be removed from office in spring 2018. The Republican Party may seek to move Trump if the Russia inquiry jeopardises their chances of being re-elected, he said
Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty to all charges, which include money laundering, tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the US government. In another bombshell revelation, a third associate, George Papadopoulos – his foreign policy advisor – was also revealed to have pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators. When the indictments were issued, Trump tweeted:
Although the indictments do not relate to Trump, Lichtman said the investigation could still bring “impeachable offences” against him. He said:
“Precedent suggests, although it is not a settled matter, that Mueller cannot indict Trump, but he can recommend impeachment to the House or provide information that becomes the basis for impeachment.”
Impeachment proceedings have to be passed by both chambers in Congress – the Senate and and House of Representatives. Because the Republican Party has a two thirds majority in both chambers, Impeachment is unlikely to be passed, unless Trump proves to be a liability. But the investigation is far from over, Lichtman said. He said it is “virtually certain” Mueller, Justice Department special counsel, will issue “additional indictments” against Trump associates. Mueller may use the indictments to pressure those individuals to “testify against Trump in return for some sort of a plea deal”.