In an op-ed for the New York Times, Elizabeth Drew, a journalist who covered the Watergate scandal and the subsequent resignation of President Richard Nixon, asserted that Trump’s chances of escaping impeachment had evaporated now that Democrats have control of the House.
Drew predicted that public pressure would force Democratic leaders to begin impeachment proceedings in 2019. “An impeachment process against President Trump now seems inescapable,” she wrote.
The journalist also predicted that GOP members would turn against the president. “It always seemed to me that Mr. Trump’s turbulent presidency was unsustainable and that key Republicans would eventually decide that he had become too great a burden to the party or too great a danger to the party,” Drew said, adding, “in the end the Republicans will opt for their own political survival.”
Drew also speculated that there may already be enough evidence to begin impeachment proceedings and implied that Democrats may not wait until Robert Mueller concludes his investigation.
She also indicated that a motion for impeachment could garner the necessary votes to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. “The events of the past several days— the president’s precipitous decision to pull American troops out of Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ abrupt resignation, the swoon of the stock market, the pointless shutdown of parts of the government— instilled a new sense of alarm among many Republicans”, Drew explained.
For Drew, Trump’s ship has already hit the iceberg. Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has already implicated the President in campaign financing crimes.
Trump has just two options left. He can abandon ship and avoid impeachment by resigning as Richard Nixon did; in this case, he may even be able to reach a deal where he escapes criminal charges in exchange for his resignation. Or, Drew says, Trump can go down with the ship. He can remain in office, risking impeachment and his indictment on criminal charges after he leaves office.
Drew concludes, “Mr. Trump will be looking for a way out.”
Move aside women and children, Donald Trump needs a lifeboat.
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Oliver is a UK-born freelance writer and journalist based in Boston. He is a self-confessed politics junkie with a passion for foreign and environmental policy. His work has been featured on Open Democracy, International Policy Digest, and the London Economic. He was a regular contributor for ASEAN Today.