After only weeks as President, there are over a million signatures on petitions calling for the impeachment of Trump. Multiple petitions each have hundreds of thousands of signatures. A swelling tide of people have raised their voice, calling for the impeachmentof Donald Trump or questioning his compliance to the US Constitution, which would be grounds for impeachment.
The case for impeachment of Trump mainly revolvesaround Trump’s refusal to fully divest from his businesses. As a result,he is collecting payments from foreign governments, state governments,and even the federal government, of which he is the formal head. Thisputs him in a conflict-of-interest position and in direct violationof the US Consitution.
Because of the non-US government payments he is still receiving through his businesses, many claim that Trump is in violation of the Constitution’sForeign Emoluments Clause, which states that: “[N]o Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
Receiving payments from US governments is a violation of the Constitution’s Domestic Emoluments Clause, which is also known as the Presidential Compensation Clause.Note that unlike the Foreign Emoluments Clause, the Domestic Clause cannot be waived by Congress.
Impeach Trump Now
Several online petition have been started asking for the impeachment of Trumpor asking him to prove he is not in violation of either of the EmolumentClauses. Two organizations, Free Speech For People and RootsAction, have combined to create the Impeach Trump Now online petition.
The number of signers have been rapidly increasing during Trump’s first weeks in office. We follow this petition closely since we believe it is a key indicator of progress towards Trump’s impeachment. You can find the current number of people who have signed the petition on our home page.
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Another petition has been organized on the change.org website, which is a site that allows individuals to start a petition. This petition has over 200,000 supporters, adding 28,000 supporters duringTrump’s first week in office alone.
To sign this petition, go to:
White House petitions
The White House runs a petition web site for citizens to petitionthe White House on “the Issues that Matter to You”. If a petitionstarted on this site reaches 100,000 signatures in 30 days, it automatically gets reviewed and an official response is provided.
If a petitionstarted on this site reaches 100,000 signatures in 30 days, itautomatically gets reviewed and an official response is provided.
Several petitions related to impeachment have been created on that site. One urging the President to release his tax returns to verify compliance to the Emoluments Clause was created on Inauguration Dayand has already received over 600,000 signatures.
Another petition asking the President to divest his businesses or put them in a blind trust was also created on Inauguration Day. A third requests that the President resign in violation of the Emoluments Clause.
To sign any of the various petitions on this site, go to:
With this swell of public support for the impeachment of Trump after only weeks in office, our politicians have to take notice and consider starting impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.