Trump Impeachment Is 'Inescapable,' Says Watergate Journalist—President Is 'Out of Control'

A journalist who helped break the Watergate scandal that ended the presidency of Richard Nixon has written that an impeachment process against President Donald Trump "now seems inescapable."

In an op-ed in The New York Times, Elizabeth Drew wrote that the evidence was now accumulating against Trump as he faces a tough 2019. She cites his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the partial government shutdown, saying they have sounded alarms for many Republicans.

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"It always seemed to me that Mr. Trump's turbulent presidency was unsustainable and that key Republicans would eventually decide that he had become too great a burden to the party or too great a danger to the country. That time may have arrived," Drew wrote.

She went on, "In the end the Republicans will opt for their own political survival. Almost from the outset some Senate Republicans have speculated on how long his presidency would last. Some surely noticed that his base didn't prevail in the midterms."

Drew said she did not believe the Republican-dominated Senate would save Trump should the House vote to impeach him, as many within the GOP have criticized his recent actions, such as his support of Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and his Syria decision.

Drew said that Trump, like Nixon, will want legal protection in the future, noting that he was pardoned by President Gerald Ford, although there was no evidence that this was a fix.

"While Mr. Trump's case is more complex than Mr. Nixon's, the evident dangers of keeping an out-of-control president in office might well impel politicians in both parties, not without controversy, to want to make a deal to get him out of there," she wrote.

Meanwhile, Trump will start 2019 dealing with a government shutdown likely to drag into next week. In a statement, the White House said Trump would not back down in his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, the key sticking point in the dispute.

"The President has made clear that any bill to fund the government must adequately fund border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs, criminals, MS-13 gang members, child smugglers and human traffickers into our communities and protect the American people," the White House said, according to The Hill.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on the White House's South Lawn on December 27 after returning from their surprise trip to Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq to visit troops. A New York Times op-ed says that he is almost certain to face impeachment. Pete Marovich - Pool/Getty Images
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