The controversy surrounding the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia will follow President Trump into 2018. So too will questions of whether he obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey and whether he has colluded with his party’s political war against the FBI and its current director, Andrew McCabe, in an orchestrated effort to undermine the investigation. The answer to all of these questions could likely be impeachment, writes Brent Budowsky in The Hill. If Trump publicly undermines or seeks to discredit individuals and institutions investigating Russia, he is treading on impeachable grounds.
It is highly unlikely that President Trump will be impeached in 2018 or exit the presidency before his first term is over, asserts T.A. Frank in Vanity Fair. Despite the controversy hanging over the president, and whether any of his actions (or alleged mis-actions) have crossed red lines into impeachable grounds, impeachment itself is a political act. As such, with the Republicans remaining a majority in Congress through 2018, they won’t likely vote to impeach the president. Moreover, the investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia have found little – so far. Odds are high that Trump will not get impeached or even resign next year.