In the past few months there has been a lot of discussion surrounding our President, and if he will be impeached. However, very few people, know the process and requirements for an elected official to be impeached or removed from office. While impeaching our president is not at the top of my to-do list, I still want to be educated on this topic and have a full understanding of how the US government addresses these situations.
According to the website for the United States Senate, Article II of the United States Constitution states that “The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” If it is determined that a federal official committed a crime or acted improperly, the House of Representatives is given the case and may impeach (formally charge) that official. The majority, which is 218 representatives, must all agree to impeachment for it to be moved along to the Senate. The Senate hears the trial and if convicted in a Senate impeachment trial, the official is removed from office.
Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only two presidents to have been successfully impeached by the House of Representatives, however both were later acquitted (free from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty) by the Senate. The impeached official continues in office until conviction, and if found guilty impeachment is automatic.
People should be educated on how the process works before threatening and claiming that impeachment is near, when in all actuality it has never happened before.
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