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224 Members support impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump
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224 Members support impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump

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At least 224 of the 435 members of the House of Representatives have said they support an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, reported TIME.

All are Democrats except independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, formerly a Republican, have backed impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. But not even a single member from Republican party have supported the impeachment investigation.

The numbers mark a crucial turning point for the impeachment inquiry. In order to pass articles of impeachment—thus impeaching the President and moving the process to the Senate—Pelosi needs a majority: 218 votes.

But to convict and remove a President, a two-thirds majority vote is required in the 100-member Senate. This has never happened as there are 53 republicans in the US Senate.

Only three presidents in American history have faced impeachment: President Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached but acquitted by the Senate, and President Richard Nixon resigned amid impeachment proceedings.

But, there is the rapid growth in support for the impeachment inquiry even among moderate Democratic representatives.

On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee released an unclassified version of a complaint filed by a whistleblower that alleged President Trump used “the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” The complaint alleges the President “pressured” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the frontrunners of the 2020 presidential election, and his son, Hunter Biden. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said there was “no quid pro quo” on the call.

The complaint was made public a day after the White House released a summary of the July phone call between Trump and Zelensky. As per the White House summary, Zelensky expressed interest in purchasing U.S.-made missiles before Trump asked for a “favor.” He also asked Zelensky to open investigations into Biden and his son. Zelensky has publicly denied that Trump pressure him on the call, saying “Nobody pushed me.”