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Bookmaker slashes odds on Trump impeachment after Mueller statement

An Irish sports bookmaker has significantly lowered the odds President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE will be impeached following a Wednesday statement from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 BarrBill BarrTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says DOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas 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 BookerTeen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Austin and Milley talk budget, Afghanistan, sexual assault and more at wide-ranging Senate hearing Top general: Military justice overhaul proposed by Gillibrand 'requires some detailed study' Cher apologizes for confusing Sinema, Gillibrand MORE (D-N.Y.) announcing their support for impeachment proceedings Wednesday and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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.”