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Poll: Four In 10 Voters Support Impeaching Trump

| by Lauren Briggs

Less than two weeks after President Donald Trump's inauguration, a movement to impeach him is growing. A new poll suggests that four in 10 voters would support Congress if they began impeachment proceedings.

The survey, released on Feb. 2 by Public Policy Polling, found than an even 40 percent of respondents supported impeachment for Trump, while 48 percent said that they were against such an action.

An online petition from the organization Free Speech for Free People and the online initiative RootsAction called "Impeach Trump Now" has nearly 600,000 signatures, as of Feb. 2.

"From the moment he assumed the office, President Donald Trump has been in direct violation of the US Constitution," reads the petition. "The President is not above the law.  We will not allow President Trump to profit from the presidency at the expense of our democracy."

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What are the grounds to impeach a brand new president? The petition says that Trump's business interests constitute "a massive corruption of the presidency, far worse than Watergate," since the Trump Organization and its affiliates have lucrative international ventures.

Those ventures, the website says, are in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Foreign Emoluments Clause, which forbids the president from receiving any monetary gains or other titles or items of value "from any King, Prince or foreign State."

But amid disapproval of Trump's immigration order and growing calls to impeach him, most Americans do not think that Trump's business connections should land him in hot water.

In the days leading up to Trump's January inauguration, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that a 52 percent of Americans said that the president had done "enough" to avoid any potential conflicts of interest by passing the reigns of Trump Organization over to his adult sons, while 42 percent said they would not be satisfied until the president sold all of his businesses. However, when the same poll asked if Trump and his family are complying with federal ethics laws, respondents were split: 44 percent said that the Trump family is not cooperating, while 43 percent said that they are.

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Sources: Public Policy Polling, Impeach Trump Now, Washington Post / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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