Donald Trump impeachment petition passes one million signatures

Some members of Congress are also talking impeachment 

Alexandra Wilts
Washington DC
Thursday 18 May 2017 16:01
President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump

More than one million people have signed a petition to impeach Donald Trump as scandals continue to befall the White House.

Petition organiser John Bonifaz, a Massachusetts-based lawyer, has been heading one of the campaigns to impeach Mr Trump for allegedly violating the US Constitution's foreign and domestic emoluments clause and other federal laws, according to publication MassLive.

The Emoluments Clause says that the president should not accept, without the consent of Congress, any present or payment from any king, prince or foreign state.

Mr Bonifaz, a Massachusetts-based attorney, is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, formed in 2010 to advocate for limits on campaign spending.

He told MassLive that the number of signers “demonstrates all across the country that people want to see our constitution defended at this critical moment in history.”

The recent news about Mr Trump has intensified concerns, Mr Bonifaz suggested, drawing more people to sign the petition.

On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the president revealed highly sensitive information about an Isis terrorist plot to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a White House meeting last week. Mr Trump tweeted in response that he has the right to share facts pertaining to terrorism.

Then on Tuesday, news accounts said Mr Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to a memo reportedly written by Mr Comey.

Mr Flynn resigned in February after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

The White House maintains that the memo is not an accurate portrayal of the conversation between Mr Trump and Mr Comey.

Private citizens are not the only ones calling for an impeachment of Mr Trump. A vocal group of congressional Democrats are also suggesting the idea, and several members of both parties are beginning to grapple with the possibility that impeachment proceedings may loom in the not-too-distant future.

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