Unlike many others, American University professor Allan Lichtman accurately predicted that presidential candidate Donald J. Trump would win the 2016 election. Lichtman even received a letter from Trump himself reading, “Professor — Congrats — good call.” But now the political historian is making a new prediction: Trump will be impeached.
The professor outlines the reasons for this prediction in his new book “The Case for Impeachment.”
The book elaborates on his predictions and suggests several possible ways Trump could be impeached, including treason charges over possible ties to Russia and abuse of power or offenses from before Trump’s inauguration such as housing violations.
To date, no U.S. president has ever been removed from office after being impeached and convicted. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only two presidents to have been successfully impeached by the House of Representatives, and both were later acquitted by the Senate.
However, if more evidence continues to mount, e.g. a new report about the FBI having “impeachment-level smoking gun” evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and if his approval ratings continues to fall, he may be pressured to resign like Richard Nixon did when Republicans started to turn on him.
Let’s all hope that Mr. Lichtman is right again.