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20:30  16 december  2018
20:30  16 december  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

Republicans defend Trump amid brewing legal storm

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Trump Impeachment Odds Surge Amid Legal Peril© REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert U.S. President Donald Trump visits Section 60 in Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, U.S., December 15, 2018.

President Donald Trump’s week of legal peril has significantly boosted the odds of his impeachment by the House of Representatives, at least as far as the betting markets are concerned.

Indeed, Trump is now rated more likely than not to be impeached during his first term, according to the latest odds offered by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power. Odds of 4/5, an implied probability of 56 percent, are available on Trump’s impeachment before his term ends in January 2021. Conversely, a bet on Trump not to be impeached is currently rated at even money, or 50 percent.

Why Democrats aren't ready to impeach Trump just yet

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How Impeachment Works: Why Democrats aren't ready to impeach Trump just yet Some Democrats who will take the Hous President Donald Trump has expressed concern that he could be impeached when Democrats take over the House, a source close to the President told CNN Monday.

Prosecutors said Trump and his business reimbursed Cohen for some of the payments, falsely concealing them as a retainer for his legal But House Republicans have dismissed the investigations into Trump 's personal finances and business as fishing expeditions aimed at his impeachment .

It was a similar story on political prediction market PredictIt, which saw the price on Trump to be impeached in his first term leap to a value of 48 cents, the highest it has been in at least three months.

For the first time earlier this month, federal prosecutors directly implicated Trump in federal crimes. In a sentencing memo for Michael Cohen, prosecutors in New York wrote that the president had directed his former longtime personal lawyer to commit two campaign finance violations. Prosecutors later backed up the assertion that the president was behind the payments to silence two women about their claims of affairs with Trump shortly before the 2016 election when Cohen was sentenced in court to 36 months in prison.

Shortly after Cohen’s sentencing, further bad news arrived for Trump as the same prosecutors detailed that they believed the publisher of the National Enquirer had made a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal “in concert with” the Trump campaign.

Trump concerned about being impeached, sees it as a 'real possibility,' source says

Trump concerned about being impeached, sees it as a 'real possibility,' source says President Donald Trump has expressed concern that he could be impeached when Democrats take over the House, a source close to the President told CNN Monday. The source said Trump sees impeachment as a "real possibility." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); But Trump isn't certain it will happen, the source added.

The latest whirlwind of news about Trump , Comey and Russia has again stoked the chorus for impeachment . Several congressional Democrats have called for impeachment proceedings of some kind. President addresses coast guard graduates amid series of scandals, and complains

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The political threat to Trump is about to increase, too, due to the impending Democratic takeover of the House. Were Democrats to vote in unison come January then they could make Trump just the third president in history to be impeached. Still, Democratic leaders, most notably presumed next House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are still speaking cautiously about such a dramatic move, perhaps all too aware that a conviction in the Senate remains unlikely when Republicans have control of the chamber and a two-thirds majority is required.

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing regarding the campaign finance violations as well as the ongoing special counsel investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. Last week, he also brushed off any impeachment fears.

"It's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong and who's created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters. "I'm not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened."

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