Bookmaker slashes odds on Trump impeachment after Mueller statement

An Irish sports bookmaker has significantly lowered the odds President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes MORE will be impeached following a Wednesday statement from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE.

BoyleSports, Ireland’s biggest independent bookmaker, slashed the odds Trumps will be impeached in his first term from 8/1 to 2/1, according to an announcement from the bookmaker Thursday. The odds of Trump resigning in his first term were 6/1, while his reelection remained even money.

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“The betting on a Trump impeachment had died down and was basically lying dormant before Robert Mueller threw a cat amongst the pigeons on Wednesday,” BoyleSports spokesperson Lawrence Lyons said in a statement. “With the renewed pressure from Democrats, the betting has been reignited forcing us to make it 2/1 from 8/1 that he is impeached before his first term is out.”

In his appearance yesterday, Mueller, who previously expressed frustration with what he perceived as Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFrustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  Barr asks US attorney to further investigate 'unmasking' in 2016 Trump threatens to veto FISA bill ahead of House vote MORE’s failure to “capture the context” of his investigation, said Justice Department policy meant charging a sitting president with any crime was not an option. He added, however, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

Mueller’s remarks have brought some Democrats who were previously reticent on impeachment around on the subject, with Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers Senators ask DeVos to adjust FAFSA form due to the coronavirus pandemic Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect food supply It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-N.Y.) announcing their support for impeachment proceedings Wednesday and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLifting our voices — and votes Longtime Democratic pollster: Warren 'obvious solution' for Biden's VP pick Biden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report MORE saying impeachment “may be unavoidable.”

The number of members of the House of Representatives coming out in favor of opening impeachment proceedings also grew on Wednesday.

Trump has continued to claim innocence since Mueller’s remarks, tweeting Wednesday the case was “closed” and telling reporters Thursday that Mueller was “conflicted," adding that while he himself has “presidential powers that you wouldn't believe” to avoid obstruction of justice charges, “I don't even have to rely on Article II. There was no crime. There was no obstruction. There was no collusion, there was no nothing.”