Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University, was laughed at when he said Trump would win the election. Lichtman accurately predicted the winners of each Presidential race since Reagan beat Mondale in 1984. Of course, Trump ended up winning, but Lichtman isn’t laughing. Lichtman believes that Trump “threatens the institutions and traditions that have made America safe and free for 230 years,” according to his new book, The Case for Impeachment.
But part of his prediction was that Trump would be impeached before the end of the first term. Trump’s team didn’t seem to read that part, reaching out to him after the election. Even more ridiculous is that “Taking time out of preparing to become the world’s most powerful leader, he wrote me a personal note, saying ‘Professor — Congrats — good call.”
In The Case for Impeachment, Lichtman describes how that impeachment will take place. Trump’s party is likely to turn on him before the 2018 midterm election. Some of the key factors that could lead to impeachment are already well-known: treason with Russia, emoluments violations, abuse of power, etc. As Politico discussed, there is another avenue Republicans can take:
“Lichtman also cites now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a senator, who argued that a president could be impeached for offenses committed before he took office. Among those potential offenses, Lichtman lists Trump’s housing violations, charity problems, potential violations of the Cuba embargo and Trump University.”
If the Republicans now, or Democrats later, do impeach Trump, they have plenty of ammo they can use to do so.