Support for impeachment of US President Donald Trump grows: Poll

June 1, 2017 10:30 pm

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A growing number of American voters say they want US President Donald Trump impeached, a new opinion poll shows.
The survey released Wednesday by POLITICO/Morning Consult found that 43 percent of voters would like Congress to start impeachment proceedings against Trump, which is up from 38 percent last week.
“If President Trump was hoping his foreign trip would shift the conversation away from scandals, he may be out of luck,” said Morning Consult Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp.
The poll was conducted between May 25-30, interviewing 1,991 registered voters with a minus 2 percent margin of error.
The majority of support for impeachment comes from a general view that Trump is unfit for office, not the belief that he committed any crimes, according to the poll.
Trump’s impeachment are based more in rather than supported by claims the president has broken laws such as treason, bribery or obstruction of justice, the poll found.
While calls for impeaching Trump began before he took office, they escalated in recent weeks after reports said he asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia and fired Comey after he refused to drop the probe.
Al Green, a Democratic congressman from Texas, was the first to call for Trump’s impeachment following revelations that the president had pressured Comey to drop the investigation into General Mike Flynn, who was Trump’s first national security adviser and resigned over undisclosed contacts with a Russian diplomat.
“No one is above the law and that includes the President of of America,” Green said in mid-May.
The combination of Trump firing Comey while he was under FBI investigation for possible collusion with Russia is a key factors for lawmakers in US Congress to mull removing Trump from office.
Only three presidents in American history, Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton have faced impeachment or imminent threats of impeachment.
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