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She wanted her ex-husband to die with a happy thought; she told him Trump had been impeached

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 19/04/2017 Kristine Phillips

President Trump. © Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post President Trump. When Michael Elliott died, the last voice he heard was that of his ex-wife, his best friend.

In a short phone conversation moments before Elliott took his last breath, she told him what he wanted to hear.

“I told him that everything's going to be all right,” Teresa Elliott told The Washington Post. “And Donald Trump has been impeached.”

Michael Elliott died “peacefully,” surrounded by friends and neighbors in his home in a suburb outside of Portland, Ore., according to an obituary published in the Oregonian.

Teresa Elliott, who lives in Texas, said she couldn't make it to Oregon in time. So on April 6, one of Michael Elliott's friends called her and told her that he was about to die. The two talked as someone held up the phone to the dying man's ear.

Afterward, one of his friends took the phone “and told me that he had completely relaxed and taken his last breath, and he was gone,” Teresa Elliott said.

In his obituary, the 75-year-old was described as a “Porsche enthusiast” who owned a dozen of the German cars throughout his life. But there's nothing he loved more than golf, the obituary said, becoming a founding member of a golf club in Oregon.

His health had declined over the past decade, but it became worse after congestive heart failure was diagnosed a couple of years ago. He had been bedridden the past several months, Teresa Elliott said. The two, who didn't have children, remained close friends after their divorce.

Michael Elliott was a longtime Democrat and was very interested in politics; a “CNN junkie” appalled by the current political climate. He found President Trump to be a “loathsome individual,” Teresa Elliott said. Asked what, specifically, her ex-husband had said about Trump, she said, “Nothing that you could print.”

She said she gave her ex-husband the false news because she wanted him to die with a happy thought.

Whether Trump would be impeached has been in the public discourse even before the November presidential election.

Allan J. Lichtman, an American University historian who had predicted that Trump would become president, had already made the case for his impeachment. He told The Post Peter W. Stevenson  in September that if elected, the real estate mogul would be impeached by a Republican Congress that would rather have a President Pence.

Now, just a few months removed from when Trump took office, Lichtman has already written a book: “The Case for Impeachment.”

“This one is not based on a system; it's just my gut. They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican,” Lichtman told The Post. “And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook.”

A February national poll by Public Policy Polling found that Americans are evenly divided about impeaching Trump. Two weeks earlier, 35 percent favored impeachment. That number went up to 46 percent by Feb. 10.

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