Allan Lichtman, the American University professor who predicted Donald Trump's win when most thought it was fool's gold, has another prediction. And if his prediction comes through, we are in for a presidential crisis.
Professor Lichtman has predicted the winner of every presidential election since 1984. He is the author of the book, The Case for Impeachment.
According to RawStory, Lichtman appeared on MSNBC and left the following impression.
The historian said the public had already seen strong evidence of obstruction, but he said there’s plenty of reason to predict charges on a “host of crimes” — some of them deadly serious — related to a Russian conspiracy.
“I wouldn’t keep saying collusion isn’t a crime,” Lichtman said. “Of course not, but taking things of value from foreign nationals is a crime, aiding and abetting illegal computer hacking is a crime, negotiating as a private citizen with a hostile foreign power with which there is disputes is a crime. If this is serious enough, and I’ve taken a lot of flak for that, I think there even could be charges of treason. After all, Russia was waging war against us — not a war with bombs and bullets, but a cyber attack, an online attack designed to destroy democracy.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who has compared Trump to Stalin, told MSNBC that he still wouldn’t vote to impeach the president — but Lichtman said the public would eventually see evidence that would force Republicans to act.
“Talk about premature — how could he know whether or not he would vote to impeach when a case hasn’t been made yet?” Lichtman said. “He hasn’t been impeached and there hasn’t been a trial in the Senate. I think Mueller — and this is my prediction — is going to come up with findings that are going to shock the country, not only involve conspiracy with Russia but could involve serious financial crimes.”
The nation is at an impasse right now. Donald Trump is trying to instill fear in those who would challenge him and hold him to account. Note that he along with his wealthy benefactors have temporarily neutered Steve Bannon. If Republicans make the calculation that bucking the president is suicide, he could consolidate power. And if the blue wave is not realized likely because of a corrupted electoral system, then welcome to the Fascist States of America.
Also published on Medium.