What happens to changes made by the president of the United States after her/his impeachment? Will executive orders and such automatically be invalidated, put on hold upon revaluation, revaluated, ...?

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Nothing happens.

Executive orders stay in place until they are revoked or changed by the new President (the former Vice President). The new President can do that as easily as the precedessor made them. But only if the new President wants to do that. Laws not vetoed by the last President stay valid until Congress makes new laws which revoke them, and they are under no obligation to do that. Any officials appointed by the last President stay in office until the new President replaces them (if they can be replaced - Supreme Court justices, for example, are appointed for life and thus will keep their positions).

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    "the new president" ...or any subsequent president.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 14:35
  • I think if they are Executive Actions, the new President can choose to honor or dishonor them. But what about laws signed into force (or vetoed) by the "President"?
    – emory
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 18:50
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    @emory I believe I covered this in the answer: they stay in force unless congress revokes them through the regular legislative process.
    – Philipp
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 19:11
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    Future presidents may have trouble revoking prior executive actions depending on how the Supreme Court rules on the DACA case that it's preparing to hear. Trump was prevented from revoking DACA because his administration didn't adequately explain their decision to sundown it. If the Supreme Court upholds that logic, future presidents will have to adequately justify their actions to the courts.
    – bvoyelr
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 20:46
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    @bvoyelr It's unlikely that whatever the Supreme Court decides will blanketly apply to all executive orders. The due process rights of DACA participants are a significant part of the issue at hand. Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 21:20

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