Support to impeach Trump higher than for Nixon as Watergate began

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He is nyet a crook.

The clamor for President Trump’s impeachment is louder now than it was for former President Richard Nixon as the Watergate scandal began to unfold, a new poll says.

Forty-one percent of Americans believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday – compared to the 24% who wanted Nixon out in July 1973.

The poll also placed Trump’s approval rating at 39%, roughly the same as Nixon’s numbers six months into his second term.

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“Even though Trump’s approval rating is similar to Nixon’s, more Americans support impeachment today than did in 1973,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said in a statement.

“That’s partly due to the current epidemic of hyper-partisanship that was simply not prevalent forty years ago.”

Monmouth compared its findings to the Gallup Poll, which in late June 1973 added a question specifically about impeachment as fallout from the year-earlier Watergate break-in mushroomed, per a blog post by Murray.

Eight in 10 people polled by Monmouth said they’d heard recent news about Donald Trump Jr. having met in June 2016 with a so-called ” Russian government attorney” for compromising information on Hillary Clinton. Fifty-nine percent said the meet not appropriate, and 31% said it was.

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Sixty-five percent believed the Kremlin either definitely or probably attempted to meddle in November’s presidential election- a conclusion widely accepted in the U.S. intel community – while 29% thought Russia probably or definitely didn’t interfere.

The Monmouth poll comes as Trump remains mired in record low approval ratings and defends his associates amid multiple Russia-related scandals.

Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Al Green (D-Texas) last week brought articles of impeachment against Trump for obstruction of justice, citing the release of his son’s emails arranging the 2016 meeting.

“Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia,” the two Democrats wrote.

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“It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe.”

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