Questions tagged [impeachment]

Questions related to the process in which a legislative body formally charges to a high-level government official.

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What exactly are the Chief Justice's powers and roles in “presiding” over a presidential impeachment proceeding?

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides over the Senate during an impeachment trial of the President of the United States. My question is... what exactly does that mean? Does he just have to ...
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Are there countries where impeachment of a president without cause is authorized?

Background Presidential v. Parliamentary Systems of Government In parliamentary systems of government, the head of government can be removed any time that the prime minister or premier loses the ...
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Could the US House sit on Articles of Impeachment instead of sending them to the Senate?

The U. S. House of Representatives is moving towards the impeachment of President Donald Trump because that seems the only way to obtain verbal and written testimony needed by the House to examine the ...
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What was the 2016 presidential scandal in South Korea about?

In 2016, the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was caught up in a scandal with allegations of her being controlled by a religious cult. I have also heard rumours of her jailing or otherwise ...
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Can the Supreme Court overturn an impeachment?

Article 2, Section 4 of the US Constitution states: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, ...
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How quick could congress impeach and remove a president from office?

If Congress really needs to and wants to remove a president from office any speculation on how quickly it could be done? I assuming there is such urgency that there is no opposition in the House ...
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How did Nixon's resignation affect the voters who had supported him?

There are a lot of Americans who wear MAGA hats. Theoretically, if President Trump were impeached, I wonder if they would continue to wear them? Would Trump go down like Robert E. Lee, losing, but ...
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What is the logic behind the impeachment process in the USA?

In order for a person to be impeached, votes need to be held in both the House and the Senate. A majority is required in the House, and a supermajority is required in the Senate. There are 435 people ...
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Why do Republicans prefer President Trump to President Pence?

The biggest question I've had about Trump's presidency is why so many members of the GOP are so loyal to him when the alternative is Pence (i.e. if Trump was removed from office). Pence is arguably ...
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Why are there so few impeachments in western democracies and so many votes of no confidence?

Impeachment seems to be presidential democracy's equivalent of parliamentary democracies' votes of no confidence. Why such a large disparity in numbers of them then?
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Impeachment Process Question? [closed]

Bill Clinton was impeached but not from office. What is the difference. If let’s say our president Trump was impeached and taking out of office. Would vice president Mike Pence take over or does the ...
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Have there ever been serious attempts to pass an amendment to the constitution to better define when impeachment may occur?

Every time impeachment has come up (Nixon, Clinton, and Trump) the difficulty of defining what was impeachment worthy has come up. This seems to be because the constitution gives very little ...
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Does Trump's hush-money problem make him vulnerable to impeachment and removal?

A recent long article in the Wall St. Journal painstakingly recounts a sequence of events regarding President Trump and some controversial payments. The article does not go into detail as to how this ...
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To what extent did Dilma Rousseff's impeachment increase Jair Bolsonaro's chances to be president?

On October 2014, Dilma Rousseff got reelected as president of Brazil (wiki article on it). One year later, an impeachment against her started and by August 2016 she was removed from office. All the ...
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Entire court impeached

The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee has voted to impeach the entire West Virginia Supreme Court. This vote means that it will go to the WV house floor for impeachment consideration. Here's ...
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Why is there no process in the United States to remove and re-elect the President?

When a European head of government has too many enemies/doubts about their history, then he or she is usually deposed by the parliament and a new head of government is elected (either by the ...
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When would a successful US Presidential impeachment go into effect?

Assuming a hypothetical US President has been impeached by the House and had the charges confirmed by two-thirds of the Senate: When does the Vice-President take over? Immediately upon the Senate ...
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Can the President of the United States be impeached for crimes committed in an effort to gain the presidency? [duplicate]

In the United States the President of the United States may involuntarily be removed from office through impeachment. This is outlined in Article 2 of the United States Constitution The ...
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Can a Member of Congress be “Impeached”?

On a tangent to the initial question posed in How can a Senator be removed from office during a term for medical reasons? the possiblity that a sitting member of the Senate might be "impeached" has ...
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Will Trump's pardons remain valid if he is impeached?

Will the people Trump pardoned, such as Joe Arpaio and Scooter Libby remain vindicated in the event of Trump's impeachment? Are there any circumstances under which their charges could be reinstated?
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Impeachment of judges

What is the procedure when a judge is to be impeached by Congress? Is there a rule on the percentage of votes required when Congress votes?
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Did Bill Clinton still have his Presidential powers after his impeachment by the House of Representatives?

United States President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives. He was not acquitted by the Senate until 1999. In 1998, Clinton ...
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How many Federal officials have been impeached and convicted?

How many Federal officials have been impeached, convicted, and removed from office unwillingly? To qualify a federal official must have been: impeached by the House convicted by the Senate then as a ...
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Pence as president? [duplicate]

If it turns out that trump was elected due to collusion with Russia, does that mean that it was actually a Clinton win due to cheating in the trump camp? And if so, can v.p. pence then be president (...
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If presidents are impeached and removed from office, how are they forced out?

I'm curious what actually happens after the president is impeached. Does he have to take it upon himself to resign? Do the speaker and the majority leader march into his office, hand him a letter and ...
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Is there a country in which the parliamentary majority issued a no confidence vote against its own government soon after being confirmed? [duplicate]

According to this article, Romania faces a rather unusual situation - the parliamentary majority is attempting to impeach its own government: Romania's major ruling Social Democratic Party decided ...
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Do DOJ regulations prohibit a Special Counsel from indicting the President?

I have seen many news articles mentioning that the Department of Justice has long argued that it cannot indict a sitting President; instead the appropriate course of action is for the DOJ to present ...
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Do perjury as well as obstruction of justice both have the same consequences for the POTUS?

Intro In light of James Comey's testimony yesterday, and the responses by President Trump (through his lawyer and personally) I was wondering, what could happen to President Trump. According to this ...
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What can happen to President Trump in light of Comey's hearing?

Intro Former FBI director James Comey recently testified, under oath, before the Senate Intelligence Committee. In his testimony, among other things, he repeated his claims that President Trump urged ...
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Can a US President and Vice President both be impeached in one process?

...OR in other words, is there a scenario where the President gets forced out in a way that prevents the Vice President from succeeding him or her?
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Can an impeached President run for a second term?

Suppose Congress successfully impeaches and removes a sitting President of the USA. Can this person still run for a second term? Assuming the usual rules about term limits are observed, of course.
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When was the last time that 19 Republican senators cross-the-aisle with a unified Democratic party on anything not bipartisan?

To impeach Trump, you would need a super-majority (2/3). That means 67 total senators. There are 46 Democrats, and 2 Independents. Assuming you had 100% support of the Democrats and Independents, you ...
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Why does the opposition party always push so hard for impeachment? [closed]

It's pretty common to hear the opposition party stating they are 110% sure the president will get impeached. Trump will get impeached. Obama should have gotten impeached. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, ...
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Do any Republicans support impeachment of the president, or said what it would take for them to support it?

Impeaching the president is a popular topic among Democrats these days. But Republicans control both houses of Congress, so it seems like a futile endeavor without significant Republican support. ...
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Why hasn't the US political system taken recourse against Trump for his politically motivated firings?

The answers to this question - What reasons may Donald Trump have had for firing FBI Director James Comey? - appear to suggest that there is widespread certainty that the sacking was politically ...
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Impeachment and Removal from Office

Is there any recourse should Congress protect President from impeachment and removal from office despite solid grounds for such actions?
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Do any countries allow leaders to be impeached by low approval ratings?

It seems logical that a leader be removed if a high majority of people no longer want the leader in power. Are there any countries that allow leaders to be removed from power if their approval ratings ...
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What happens if Trump committed treason? [duplicate]

According to the NYTimes post "There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air", Now the F.B.I. confirms that we have had an investigation underway for eight months into whether another presidential ...
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Can a US president be “re-impeached” by a new Congress on the same charges? Or would double jeopardy apply?

Double jeopardy is a pretty fundamental element to the US criminal justice system, but does it apply to a US President (or other impeachable official) and the trial-like impeachment proceedings in ...
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Is there a legal way that can be used to force the President of United States undergo a mental health examination?

Important note: although I use references about the current President, my question should be regarded as a general one, not specifically related to Donald Trump. According to this article Donald ...
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If at some point President Trump was impeached, what would it take to actually be removed? [closed]

First, I'm asking this question in general to address those calling for impeachment without any comment about whether an impeachment should/would happen etc. I just want to speak to how possible/...
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What happens after impeachment?

If a president is impeached, convicted and removed, what comes next? Is there a general election? Does it go to the former-president's VP? And what happens to his or her appointments and ...
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Can the US president be impeached through a petition?

Can the US president be impeached when citizens collect enough signatures on a petition?
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Can faithless electors be grounds for impeachment?

Reading comments on previous question (about faithless electors replacing VP), one sentiment expressed was that there's pretty much no way to undo anything that faithless electors do if they choose ...
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U.S. president-elect impeachment trial before taking office? [duplicate]

Can a U.S. president-elect be impeached or have an impeachment trial begin before taking office?
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What would happen if Hillary Clinton was convicted and sent to prison? [duplicate]

Lately, there's been a lot of re-kindled hubbub about Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her mishandling of potentially-classified information (emails). It makes me wonder, what would happen ...
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Can an elected but not sworn in President elect be impeached?

After the US Presidential election, x candidate wins the Presidency. The candidate is then indicted by the FBI. Can the candidate be impeached by the House of Representatives and be prevented from ...
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Can the POTUS be impeached for gross incompetence?

Suppose that the president in office begins proposing the craziest ideas, none of them passing a reality check. Can the House impeach him or her? I know the president can only be impeached for "...
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Can a US official be charged and tried in court without first being impeached?

For example, could Bill Clinton have been charged with perjury in the standard judicial system, even while sitting President? Or is impeachment and removal a prerequisite for judicial proceedings?