Mainstream media are speculating about the possibility of Donald Trump's impeachment; however, according to Professor Sergei Sudakov of the Russian Academy of Military Science, there is another plan crystallizing in the minds of the US president's opponents.
"A brief list of the 'known unknowns' suggests Donald Trump's presidency will not survive 12 months," the Guardian claims.
The media outlet refers to the fact that Trump's opponents are making serious efforts to oust him from the White House, while a grand jury is considering whether the US president and his associates "colluded" with Moscow during the US 2016 election campaign.
"The scenario being touted in Democrat circles is that Trump tries and fails to sack [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller, one or more suspects get immunity and the beans are spilled. Trump then either resigns or is impeached. Mike Pence becomes president," the article foresees.
"About 4-in-10 Americans currently support impeaching Trump six months into his term, which is significantly higher than the number who called for Richard Nixon's impeachment six months into that president's second term," the poll reads.
According to the poll, about 41 percent of Americans support impeachment for the US president.
However, Sudakov noted that it is highly unlikely that Trump will be impeached in the next several months.
"It [usually] takes a lot of time to launch an impeachment procedure," Sudakov told Radio Sputnik, "If someone wants to impeach Trump before Christmas, it's not possible to carry this out technically."
Still, clouds are obviously gathering on Trump's horizon, the Russian academic believes.
"The crux of the matter is that Trump makes one mistake after another and these failures make him an extremely ineffective president who regularly demonstrates his weakness," the academic pointed out.
"As a result of his indecisive actions even those who sincerely respected him and voted for him have begun to treat him as a weak president," Sudakov noted.
It appears that while claiming the possibility of impeachment Trump's opponents are preparing a completely different scenario.
"They are not so much preparing for Trump's impeachment, but want to manipulate him into resigning voluntarily," Sudakov suggested, "They want to put into effect 'the Richard Nixon (1969-1974) scenario'… And many congressmen and senators have begun to openly call upon [their counterparts]: 'Let's overthrow Trump — it will be much easier for us to negotiate with [Vice President Mike] Pence."
According to Sudakov, the US president is losing his "war" against the US establishment and mainstream media.
"After being elected, Trump said that he would definitely 'drain the Washington swamp' and declared war on the [US] establishment," the academic recalled, "But there is a simple rule: either you hit, or you just say that you will hit. For six months we have not seen any action on his part against the establishment."
"It's a policy of words, not a policy of actions," Sudakov highlighted.
"[Trump] also declared war on mainstream media [MSM], but did he finish what he started? No, he didn't. He left it half-finished and created even more problems for himself," the academic concluded.