ImpeachTrumpNow has officially crossed one million signatures. The website, whose main motive is to impeach Donald Trump, has urged the Congress to investigate the president’s actions. As the website has crossed one million signatures, several questions are raised online including the petition’s ground for asking Congress to impeach Trump. People are also wondering Congress’s intention towards the plea and its implications. The biggest question of the hour still remains about Trump’s impeachment actually taking place.
As of 2:55 a.m. EDT, May 18, 2017, 1,087,674 people have signed their names to the campaign to Impeach Trump. It was earlier reported on March 17 that the website has crossed 900,627 signatures. It means that in just two months, the percentage of signatories has increased to 20.76, which apparently does not look good for Donald Trump and his voters.
Why Impeach Donald Trump?
According to the online petition, Trump’s personal and business holdings in the United States and foreign countries creates “conflicts of interest.” It should be noted that Trump admitted he has conflicts of interest. During his 2015 interview with Breitbart News Daily, Trump said, “I have a little conflict of interest ’cause I have a major, major building in Istanbul. It’s a tremendously successful job. It’s called Trump Towers—two towers, instead of one, not the usual one, it’s two.”
After winning the presidential election, Donald Trump said he would maintain ownership of his global business empire but hand off control to his two oldest sons while he serves as the president. He even told reporters during a news conference that he would resign from all positions overseeing his hotels, golf courses, and hundreds of other businesses and move his assets into a trust to help ensure that he will not take any actions as president that would benefit him personally.
To raise the problems for Trump, Norm Eisen — former chief ethic counsel for Barack Obama told CNN that he is suing President Trump for allegedly violating a “domestic emoluments clause,” which prohibits the President from receiving additional compensation besides his salary.
“At some point these millions of dollars that the United States are spending for Trump to advertise his properties – he’s so blatant about it, Chris – that runs afoul of that Constitutional provision, called the domestic emoluments clause.”
Trump reportedly said he had waived the salary of $400,000. But Article II, Section I, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution states: “The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States or any of them.”
According to several media reports, each trip to Palm Beach, Florida, where Donald Trump has spent most of his weekends, is estimated to cost $3 million.
What Are Polls Predicting?
The recently released poll numbers from Gallup also suggests that more and more Americans are not in favor of Donald Trump and would like to see him getting impeached. According to the poll, Donald Trump’s job approval ratings are only 38 percent — the lowest mark he has reached since April 1. New York Times reported that the recent polls have revealed Trump to be the least popular U.S. president in modern history.
Apart from Gallup’s polls, even the result of Public Policy Polling is also not in Trump’s favor. The PPP poll found that 48 percent of Americans support Donald Trump’s impeachment, compared with 41 percent of Americans who still believe in Trump and his promises to make America great again.
48% of Americans support Trump's impeachment. This is a devastating poll for Trump. Almost half the country believe he should be impeached
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) May 17, 2017
Even the social media platform is filled with the topic of Trump’s impeachment. The word “impeach” was found to have been spoken of 107,313 tweets on May 16. #ImpeachTrump has been tweeted more than 2.3 million times since January 20.
Apart From ImpeachTrumpNow, Who Else Are Talking About Donald Trump’s Impeachment?
At this moment, there are many Republicans who are beginning to realize that Trump could be impeached. The events that led to James Comey’s firing have raised many questions. Republican congressman Justin Amash recently told The Hill that if reports were true about Trump pressurizing James Comey for the ongoing FBI’s investigation, it would merit impeachment.
Republican representative Carlos Curbelo compared the Trump-Comey matter to the obstruction of justice cases that led to Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon’s impeachment from the office.
“Obstruction of justice in the case of Nixon, in the case of Clinton in the late 90s, has been considered an impeachable offense.”
Republican lawmakers talking about Trump’s impeachment would be the first official step towards his removal from the oval office. According to Newsweek, at this hour the question is no longer whether there are enough reasons to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough “Republicans will put their loyalty to America.”
Congressman Al Green calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump for "obstruction of a lawful investigation". pic.twitter.com/7eh9PKsvqz
— Adam Bennett (@AdamBennettKHOU) May 15, 2017
Is Donald Trump’s Impeachment Possible?
Removal of a sitting president is not something Congress takes lightly. The impeachment of a president raises many questions about the country’s authority. At the federal level, Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution, “The President, Vice-President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
In simple words — Congress must have enough evidence that justifies the above-mentioned clause. As of now, the ongoing FBI Trump-Russia investigation has only resulted in speculations. So, even if ImpeachTrumpNow crosses 10 million signatures or #ImpeachTrump will have another million mentions on Twitter, Congress will only look into hard evidence if it ever comes up to impeach Trump.
Retweet if you think Congress should #ImpeachTrump immediately.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 16, 2017
If Donald Trump were, in fact, impeached by the House of Representatives, he would still need the Senate to find him guilty before signing the impeachment orders.
In your opinion, is Trump’s act and alleged collusion with the Russian government enough for his impeachment? Sound off your views in the comments below and keep checking this space for the latest news on Donald Trump and the reasons for his impeachment.
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