Voters split on Trump impeachment

Claudine Rigal
Juin 1, 2017

Calls for President Donald Trump's impeachment are growing among American voters.

"Members of Congress are calling for Mr Trump to be impeached", the EIU noted in an analysis released on Friday.

President Trump's approval ratings remain near an all-time low, but an increasing amount of voters support impeachment proceedings against him, a new poll out Wednesday shows. More than half (54 percent) of the voters who said Trump should be impeached said it was because "he is unfit to serve", while 43 percent said it was because they thought Trump had committed an impeachable offense, such as treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Politico reported that 71% of self-identified Democrats want to see the president impeached, while 76% of Republican voters do not. "It is time for a full and thorough investigation led by the United States Congress".

These calls for impeachment are overwhelmingly on party lines. Other lawmakers have resisted the idea as multiple investigations into Trump's relationship with Russian Federation continue.

The goal behind the local government movement, which has no authority in the impeachment process, is to convince Congress to launch an investigation to determine if impeachment charges are justified. Democratic City Council member Bob Blumenfield asserted that Trump was potentially violating the emoluments clause by not divesting from his businesses.

Donald Trump's administration in the U.S. has been under heavy fire since the president fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey two weeks ago. That said, there is consensus that these scandals aren't going anywhere.

Only a couple of Republican lawmakers - Reps. With Trump having his relatives as senior White House advisers where insider trading information could occur, this would be a violation of the STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act of 2012. "But in this country we're innocent until proven guilty. let's give it a chance to play out".

The House of Representatives have impeached only two Presidents, President Andrew Johnson and President Bill Clinton, and the Senate convicted neither. The GOP only has a slight majority in the House, so voting to impeach may not be an impossible task, should there be a case for it. Removing a President from office, however, requires far more than pulling a few Republicans.

The House of Representatives has impeached two USA presidents in the past including Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton but were acquitted by the Senate.

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