4, November 2017
US President Donald Trump will be impeached within a year, says an American professor, who correctly predicted Trump’s election victory, long before most Americans considered it a possibility.
Allan Lichtman, a distinguished professor of history at American University, wrote in an essay for the TIME magazine that Trump is closer to impeachment than ever.
Lichtman argued that the reason for the possible impeachment lies with the indictments recently handed down by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating an alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“Already, Mueller’s filing in federal court of just partial information from his plea deal with [former campaign staffer George] Papadopoulos, contains stunning new revelations,” Lichtman wrote.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on Monday in a federal court to having lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russia while working on Trump’s campaign. He had met with Russian officials in 2016 and was offered damaging information about Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails,” court records revealed.
Lichtman said the most stunning of these revelations is the suggestion that Trump likely knew about Papadopoulos’s attempts to reach out to Russian officials.
Trump’s former presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his lobbying associate Richard Gates were also indicted late last month, on multiple counts as a part of the FBI’s special inquiry into the allegations.
They are facing charges of conspiracy, failure to register as foreign agents, failing to report foreign bank accounts to the federal government and money laundering.
Lichtman said the president should be concerned, because there are new revelations that suggest Trump likely knew about some of his staffer’s attempts to reach out to Russian officials.
“These revelations may not by themselves establish the case for impeachment, but Mueller’s investigation is still in its early stages,” he wrote.
Trump has repeatedly denied allegations that his campaign colluded with Russians and has condemned the investigations. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also denied the allegations.
American intelligence agencies claim that Russia interfered last year in the US presidential election to try to help Trump, who was then the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.