The odds of President Donald Trump being impeached in 2018 have increased — at least according to bookmakers.
The chances of Trump being impeached have gone from 6/1 to 7/2, according to bookmakers Paddy Power, Yahoo News reported.
The change comes shortly after the news broke that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his top associate Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the Washington Times reported.
Shortly after the bombshell announcement, CNN reported that Trump’s former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, and reportedly misled them about his interactions with foreign officials working with the Russian government.
Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty in early October, but the court documents regarding the plea were not unsealed until Oct. 30. The FBI said the former Trump advisor “falsely described his interactions with a certain foreign contact who discussed ‘dirt’ related to emails” regarding 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Trump took to Twitter shortly after the reports emerged to react to Manafort’s indictment and to once again denounce allegations of collusion between his campaign and the Russian government. He also questioned Papadopoulos’ credibility.
“Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????” the president tweeted on Oct. 30. He followed up with a separate tweet: “Also, there is NO COLLUSION!”
“The Fake News is working overtime,” Trump tweeted the following day. “As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was ‘no collusion’ and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also defended Trump.
“We’ve been saying from day one, there’s been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all,” Sanders said.
But former U.S. deputy solicitor general Philip Allen Lacovara said he believes Papadopoulos’ cooperation could lead to further charges against members of the Trump campaign.
“It means that there’s more information that he is in a position to provide,” said Lacovara, who previously served as counsel to special prosecutors Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski in the Watergate scandal that resulted in President Richard Nixon’s resignation. “We would expect to see more shoes drop over the next couple of months. The fact that there is continuing cooperation indicates the Robert Mueller investigation is not wrapped up, as President Trump and others on his side had been suggesting.”