Many have called Trump’s actions firing FBI Director James Comey “Nixonian,” but that might not be the case. It’s actually “much more serious than Watergate,” said Allan Lichtman, a history professor who not only predicted Trump’s win, but every election since 1984, and who just published a book called The Case for Impeachment.
That book was a little premature, as it came out before Trump fired Comey. Now, “[Trump] arguably could be impeached now,” Lichtman said in an interview with Newsweek. “Arguably he’s already obstructed justice and already violated the emoluments clause [regarding receiving gifts from foreign governments]. I’m not saying we should impeach him now, I’m calling for an impeachment investigation.”
Trump’s administration had a narrative—say that Rod Rosenstein suggested the firing because of the way Comey “handled” the Clinton investigation. But not only did Trump blow up that narrative, he incriminated himself by telling Lester Holt, in a broadcasted interview, “When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russian thing with Trump and Russia … is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election.” Lichtman says that now:
“We see credible reporting that he may well be guilty of obstructing justice in the FBI investigation, first by demanding loyalty to him personally from the man investigating him.”
“That’s pretty blatant obstruction of justice. And then by firing director Comey and then in effect lying initially, or having his team lie in his direction, about the reasons for the firing.”
It would just take a few Republicans to stand with Democrats to get rid of Trump. Hopefully, they will take up Lichtman’s call to action.