Online speculators increasing bets on early end to Trump presidency

President Richard Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974, after three articles of impeachment were drafted charging him with obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress. It is similar to an indictment but not quite the same thing.

That same day, Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green became the first congressman to call for Trump's impeachment on the House floor.

A growing number of Democrats have called for Trump's impeachment in the days following Comey's dismissal.

"I thought it appropriate to let you hear these recordings so that you can understand why we have the security", Green said, explaining the increased police presence at the meeting.

"Once the President is impeached, then the Senate can have a trial to determine the guilt or innocence of the President - whether he is guilty or not guilty to be more specific". "This is where I stand".

Increasing talk of the "I" word, impeachment, is not making their job any easier.

On Tuesday, The New York Times brought us the gobsmacking report that President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to scrap his agency's investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

In one briefing after another, Trump surrogates sallied forth to try and explain why it was no big deal that the president had given up information sourced from Israeli intelligence, endangering alliances, nation's strategy against ISIS, and putting sources on the ground in danger.

CLIP: @RepAlGreen: "I rise call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice".

The President has the utmost respect for the law enforcement agencies, and all investigations, the White House said, adding that this is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Comey. Our mantra should be I.T.N.

The possible reasons for a Trump impeachment have been pontificated on since he stepped into the presidency.

Vice President Gerald Ford took Nixon's place and, a month later, pardoned him for any wrongdoing.

The party is aware that calling for impeachment too early will be the equivalent of crying wolf, and it's also something Republicans could benefit from politically. They are understandably concerned that Trump's election promises appear to have been put on hold while his team deals with the near daily doses of bad news.

The bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair said bettors there had laid out more than 5,000 pounds ($6,470) on an early departure for Trump in the hours after it was reported Trump had asked Comey to shut down the FBI's investigation of Russian Federation ties. So real, in fact, that betting websites have seen record wagers on whether President Donald Trump will finish out his time in office.

  • Zachary Reyes