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Petition for Trump's impeachment reaches 1 million signatures

Billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer has poured millions into a campaign calling for Mr Trump's removal from office

Alexandra Wilts
Washington DC
Tuesday 31 October 2017 18:47 GMT
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Tom Steyer, seen here at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, U.S. on November 19, 2014, is spending millions to impeach Donald Trump
Tom Steyer, seen here at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, U.S. on November 19, 2014, is spending millions to impeach Donald Trump (REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo)

Billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer has received more than a million signatures in 10 days on his petition to impeach Donald Trump.

The investor has poured millions of dollars into a national campaign of television and digital advertisements calling for Mr Trump's removal from office.

While impeachment proceedings are difficult to execute, the fact that Mr Steyer’s campaign has gained a significant amount of support over less than two weeks demonstrates the opposition to the President.

It is still uncertain whether the indictments of three former Trump aides, including Mr Trump’s ex-campaign chairman, by special counsel Robert Mueller will strengthen this resistance. Mr Mueller is currently investigating whether Trump campaign advisers colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

“The Mueller indictments put us in a place where impeachment is firmly on the table ... from now on, every conversation about the administration has to include when he's going to be impeached,” Mr Steyer said in an interview with Axios.

The President has even taken notice of Mr Steyer’s crusade, tweeting last week: “Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!”

A few Democratic members of Congress have also expressed support for the idea of trying to remove Mr Trump from office, and one has already introduced articles of impeachment.

Representative Al Green took to the House floor earlier this month to say that Mr Trump’s response to neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, his attack on NFL players who knelt during the national anthem in protest, and his debunked claim that Barack Obama had wire-tapped him, had all undermined the integrity of the Oval Office and “brought disrepute on the presidency”.

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