Almost half of USA voters want Trump impeached

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

Democratic strategists are racing to figure out if it's politically wise to call for Donald Trump's impeachment, as one bombshell revelation after another about the president's ties to Russian Federation are forcing Senate and House candidates to consider the question far sooner than anyone expected.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked Green why he thinks impeachment is a good idea, and Green spent almost half of his answer providing a civics lesson on how impeachment works. Thus, a president can be impeached but remain in office, as has been the case with the only two incidents of presidential impeachment in US history.

British betting firm Ladbrokes LCL.L cut the price of a Trump impeachment to odds-on at 4-5 from 11-10, equivalent to about 56 percent probability that Trump will be removed from office. In the US, the House of Representatives has the power to impeach a president (an impeachment is similar to the court equivalent of an indictment).

From having Russians kicking it in The White House to passing classified secrets to said Russians to James Comey having receipts, Donald Trump is in the midst of deep struggle.

One thing that hurt Trump in this poll was the president's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. "It's unfortunate we can't get that person identified". "I stand for impeachment of the President".

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US congressmen from Idaho aren't, however, as quick to add further pressure without additional facts. Andrew Johnson became the first president to be impeached in 1868.

Hours after a news report that President Trump had asked the FBI director to back away from an investigation, Democrats seized on the information to accuse the White House of a serious crime.

Bill Clinton constitutes the second-ever impeached American president. "But when you add them all up, you have a very plausible obstruction of justice case, I think". That means Democrats would need to persuade 25 Republicans to vote to impeach Mr Trump, which doesn't seem likely.

If the President is not above the law, he should be charged, by way of impeachment, by the U.S. House of Representatives. Each article of impeachment requires a simple majority vote.

President Richard Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974, after three articles of impeachment were drafted charging him with obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress. Whether he is guilty is a separate action for the U.S. Senate to decide. Moreover, presidential removal from office after impeachment has never occurred and would be absolutely unprecedented. In addition, 55 percent of voters said that they don't believe President Trump is honest, and 51 percent said that they consider him to be a liar.

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