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POLL: 42% of Americans Support Impeaching Donald Trump as Compared to 43% for Richard Nixon in 1974

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people gathered for the rally, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, which featured conservative pundits and politicians. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This morning’s CNN poll found that 42 percent of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office. These results place the president on par with President Richard Nixon, who 43 percent of Americans said should be impeached and removed from office in a March 1974 Harris poll.

The Harris poll was conducted after the scale of the Watergate scandal became more apparent but months before the House moved forward with impeachment proceedings. Nixon, of course, went on to resign in August 1974.

President Trump’s approval rating, meanwhile, now sits at 39 percent.

Although many Americans support impeaching the president, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Trump is head of the Republican Party, which holds the Congressional majority. A successful impeachment effort would require a supermajority––and Congress can’t get a supermajority for legislation to stop taking migrant children away from their undocumented parents at the border.

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Nevertheless, Americans have continued to push for impeachment, and the Democratic Coalition reports that Congressmen have received more than 20,000 letters from citizens who responded to an action alert.

The Constitution lists impeachment as the only thing for which a president can’t issue a pardon. Earlier this month, the president, who has stepped up his attacks against the special counsel in recent weeks, asserted that he has the right to pardon himself and once again stressed his belief that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference is “unconstitutional.”

The president’s comments came on the heels of an interview his attorney, Rudy Giuliani gave The Huffington Post, in which he claimed that Trump hypothetically could have shot former FBI director James Comey to end the Russia investigation and not face prosecution for it while in office.

Trump’s presidential power, said Giuliani, is such that “in no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted.”

“I don’t know how you can indict while he’s in office. No matter what it is,” he added.

Giuliani noted that if the president had shot James Comey instead of firing him––as he did in May 2017––Trump would face impeachment rather than prosecution.

“If he shot James Comey, he’d be impeached the next day,” Giuliani said. “Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.”

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