Things have taken a turn for the worse in the Donald Trump administration. A series of stunning events and revelations has put a major dent in Trump’s chances of completing an entire term; at press time, he’s priced at –160 to leave office before his four years are up. It could even happen in 2017 (+150), although this could easily drag out into 2018 (+250) and beyond.
The past two weeks have been incredibly bad for Trump, but the biggest issue on his table is the naming of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – and any possible cover-up by the Trump team. This has drawn comparisons to the Watergate scandal that forced Richard Nixon to retire in 1974 before he could be impeached.
Aside from the Russians, there’s one key difference: The Republicans control both the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as the White House. But that could change after the 2018 mid-term elections. The Democrats will have to overcome gerrymandering and voter suppression efforts to win, but if they do, impeachment proceedings are almost certain if Trump is still in office by then.