Tracking the Impeach-O-Meter
When Donald Trump generates headlines, Day 6 fires up the "Impeach-O-Meter," inviting political experts to estimate the odds his presidency will end in impeachment.
These are, of course, subjective and hypothetical scores and the impeachment process is complex and dependent on many factors.
Here's what our guests have said so far.
U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer testified in front of a Senate committee this week, calling Trump a "conman," "cheat" and "racist." He also presented copies of a wire transfer sent to adult film star Stormy Daniels and a cheque for $35,000 US in alleged "hush money" from Trump. New York Times opinion writer and podcast host David Leonhardt lowers the Impeach-O-Meter reading to 29 per cent.
Another eventful week: first, a federal judge tore a strip of Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn, suggesting his actions might be considered treasonous. And Trump's Defence Secretary Jim Mattis resigned a day after Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Slate editor Dahlia Lithwick returns, and lowers the Impeach-O-Meter reading to 38.5 per cent.
Robert Mueller filed sentencing memos this week for three close Trump advisors, including Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. Writer and former Democratic Congresswoman, Elizabeth Holtzman, who was part of the House Judiciary Committee that moved to impeach President Nixon, raised the Impeach-O-Meter reading to 70 per cent.
This week, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. The next day, Donald Trump forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The New Republic's Matt Ford lowered the Impeach-O-Meter reading to 25 per cent.
Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager, was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. On the same day, Micheal Cohen, the president's former personal lawyer, pleaded guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations. Cohen went on to admit that Trump directed him to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 US in hush money. Washington Post opinion writer Paul Waldman raised the Impeach-O-Meter reading to 35 per cent.
President Trump sparked controversy this week when he said he didn't see "any reason why" Russia would have interfered with the 2016 U.S. election, despite evidence found from his own intelligence agencies. This prompted the Irish betting house Paddy Power to raise the Impeach-O-Meter reading to 33 per cent.
President Trump's controversial assertion that he has an "absolute right" to pardon himself amidst new revelations from the Russia investigation prompts Tina Nguyen of Vanity Fair's The Hive to raise the Impeach-O-Meter reading to 20 per cent.
Democrat Conor Lamb's upset victory in a Pennsylvania special election leads Globe and Mail foreign correspondent Joanna Slater to bump the Impeach-O-Meter reading up to 15 per cent.
Despite former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's agreement to testify before prosecutors in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, Politico reporter Darren Samuelsohn drops the Impeach-O-Meter reading all the way down to 10 per cent.
With the arrest of former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, former criminal investigator Seth Abramson pushes the Impeach-O-Meter to 65 per cent.
The collapse of the latest Republican health care bill causes Slate writer and editor Dahlia Lithwick to bump the Impeach-O-Meter to 35 per cent.
In-fighting in the White House and the surprise failure of a Senate vote on health care leads Quartz White House Correspondent, Heather Timmons to move the Impeach-O-Meter to 30 per cent.
With Donald Trump Jr.'s admission that he met with a lawyer linked to the Russian government, BuzzFeed political writer Paul McLeod sets the Impeach-O-Meter at 20 per cent.
With Republican voters and congressional Republicans still solidly behind Trump, Upworthy writer Parker Molloy puts the Impeach-O-Meter at 15 per cent.
Jared Kushner is identified as a person of interest in the Russia investigation, but with Congress still backing Trump, Lisa Goldman, founding editor at +972 Magazine, puts the Impeach-O-Meter at 10 per cent.
Jeet Heer, senior editor with the New Republic,delivers our inaugural Impeach-O-Meter reading, saying that "impeachment is still in the distance, but we're on the train." He puts the odds at 20 per cent.