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Americans Support Impeaching Donald Trump More Than They Oppose It, Poll Finds

Americans Support Impeaching Donald Trump More Than They Oppose It, Poll Finds

According to a poll from the Public Poling Policy organization, public support for impeaching Trump is now at 48 percent, surpassing Nixon's impeachment numbers 16 months after the Watergate break-in.

Look at it this way: Trump had not quite a clean slate, but at least something of a new beginning on the story of Russia's interference with the 2016 election after he ordered air strikes on Russian client state Syria on April 6.

The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide memos related to Comey's dealings with his superiors in the Trump and Obama administrations.

The president acknowledged he considered the investigation when he fired the FBI Director. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said on Tuesday that, if the allegations made regarding Trump pressuring Comey to drop the investigation on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn proved to be true, impeachment would be warranted.

Just 43 percent of voters thought Trump would finish out the four-year term as president, while 45 percent thought he wouldn't.

A small but growing number of Republican U.S. lawmakers called on Wednesday for an independent probe of possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, spurred by a memo from the fired FBI chief that Trump had sought to impede the agency's investigation. And if Donald Trump does get impeached, what happens next?

To answer this question, it's worth looking back to Green's own press release announcing his advocacy for impeachment. Making light of the matter at a news conference in the Russian city of Sochi, Putin said Russia was ready to hand a transcript of the meeting to USA lawmakers if that would help reassure them.

Green is right, of course. The majority of Americans - 57 per cent - now say they are not happy with Mr Trump's performance.

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Green, who previewed his call with a tweet earlier, said it was the House of Representative's "duty" to take up impeachment. Trump may be guilty of an impeachable offense - something the full House would vote on after hearings, if the issue reaches that stage.

"I am calling on the White House to make a transcript of the meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador available to the congressional Intelligence Committees as soon as possible", Schumer said.

Bill Clinton became the second president to be impeached, in 1998, as the Monica Lewinsky scandal unfolded. Richard Blumenthal said that the whole incident "may well produce impeachment proceedings". Should 218 representatives vote "yay" on any individual charge, however, the process would then move to the US Senate.

The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.

At this point, the Senate would act as a courtroom of sorts.

In his letter firing Comey, Trump cited a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Members of the House lead the prosecution and senators are jurors.

The impeachment process takes months and months. Clinton only had two articles of impeachment drafted against him. Two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote in favour of conviction for Trump to be removed from office - a pretty high bar, given that it's hard for either party to get even the 60 votes needed to overcome a legislative filibuster these days.

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