Fox News analyst Juan Williams has asserted that the likelihood of President Donald Trump being impeached before the 2020 election is growing stronger, citing recent polling and the congressional investigations into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with the Russian government.
On April 3, Williams stated that the controversy over Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election was weakening Trump's legitimacy as president and could result in his impeachment.
"Liberal Democrats could yet see their dreams come true... It is no fantasy to say the drip-drip-drip of the Trump-Russia investigations is draining this presidency of political capital," Williams wrote in an editorial for The Hill.
The Fox News analyst cited recent polling that indicated that a majority of Americans want the president to resign if an investigation proves that his campaign had colluded with the Russian government's alleged cyber espionage attacks to undermine former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign.
On March 30, a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 53 percent of registered voters want Trump to resign if evidence emerges that his campaign had worked with the Russian government to damage the Clinton campaign. 39 percent of respondents said that he should remain in office even if the allegations were proven true.
The poll found that 44 percent of registered voters are already convinced that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government, while 42 percent do not believe that they did and 14 percent remain unsure.
Overall, the poll found that only 40 percent of respondents approved of Trump's job performance, while 53 percent disapproved.
Williams asserted that the public's perception of the Russian controversy was putting Republican lawmakers in a perilous position.
"First, they have to avoid being blamed for undermining the legitimacy of the Trump presidency," Williams wrote. "But, secondly, they are worried about the damage Trump will do to their party's fortunes in the 2018 midterms."
The analyst accused the Trump administration of attempting to distract the public from the Russia investigations, citing Trump's assertion that former President Barack Obama had ordered illegal surveillance of his campaign, which has not been supported by evidence.
"The good news for Democrats is that the White House is not very good at distracting anyone from the Russia scandal," Williams continued, noting that the chairman of House Intelligence Committee, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, had sparked controversy and calls for recusal after leaking intelligence that had been given to him by two White House officials.
The Fox News analyst believes that Republicans will be unable to protect the president if evidence emerges that his campaign had coordinated with the Russian government, although he noted that his predictions of Trump's political future had been wrong before.
"It has been said that predictions make fools of us all," Williams wrote. "The campaign and the election that brought Trump to power certainly proved that, since the majority of the media -- myself included -- predicted he would not win."
It is important to note that collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government has not been proven and that any predictions of the president's impeachment is currently only speculation.
This has not stopped the U.K.-based oddsmakers Ladbrokes from accepting bets on whether or not Trump will be impeached before 2020. As of March 31, the betting house gave Trump a four out of five chance of being impeached, according to the International Business Times.
"The money is showing no signs of slowing down and we've been forced to cut Trump's impeachment odds accordingly," said Ladbrokes spokesperson Jessica Bridge. She added that the betting house "didn't even offer odds on Obama being impeached or resigning, which speaks volumes about the current president."