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Donald Trump impeachment petition passes million signature milestone as president claims 'witch hunt'

A petition to impeach US president Donald Trump has passed the million signature mark as questions continued to swirl around the embattled head of state.

The milestone “demonstrates all across the country that people want to see our constitution defended at this critical moment in history,” petition founder John Bonifaz told Massachusetts new site MassLive.

Launched on Mr Trump’s inauguration day, the campaign calls on Congress to pass a resolution to demand a probe into the president for allegedly violating the US Constitution’s foreign and domestic emoluments clause, along with other federal laws.

“President Trump’s personal and business holdings in the United States and abroad present unprecedented conflicts of interest,” the petition holds.

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Mr Bonifaz said recent concerns about alleged Russian links to Mr Trump’s campaign have sparked a wave of new interest in the initiative.

As of Friday, more than 1.1 million people had signed.

The petition signatories are not the only ones asking questions about Mr Trump’s affairs.

Lawmakers of both parties have sought to question his firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, which was followed by news that Trump had shared secrets with the Russians and allegedly tried to stop Comey from investigating former presidential adviser Michael Flynn. 

Mr Trump has fervently denied that his campaign collaborated with Russia or that he tried to shut down an FBI probe of the issue – and claimed to be the most hounded president in history, calling the investigation a “witch hunt”.

Asked point-blank if he’d done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no – and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: “I think it’s totally ridiculous. Everybody thinks so.”

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