Questions tagged [impeachment]

Questions related to a legislative body formally bringing charges against a high-level government official. This usually starts a process that can end in removal from office.

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Is there anything stopping an impeachment from being filibustered?

So, in American politics, there is the tradition of the filibuster, where a legislator prevents a legislative activity from moving ahead by standing up and continuing to talk indefinitely, which has, ...
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Can impeachment managers be changed once the Senate trial starts?

So Pelosi has picked the "impeachment managers" for the House. Are there rules that these managers can't be changed once the trial in the Senate starts? If so, what is the rationale for preventing a ...
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Are all U.S. Senators required to attend the impeachment trial?

Several U.S. Senators are campaigning for their party's nomination for the 2020 general presidential election. The impeachment trial will start next week. Are these Senators required to attend all ...
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Grey area of “impeachment”

According to what I've read: the House has the ability to impeach a President, however this doesn't mean the President has to leave office. He only has to leave office if the Senate finds him guilty. ...
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What are the rules for subpoenaing witnesses in a US Presidential Impeachment trial?

Senator Mitch McConnell has stated that he has sufficient votes to commence to impeachment trial and set the rules for it without Democratic support. Democrats have expressed concern over the ground ...
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Does the Vice-President retain their tiebreaking vote during an impeachment trial of the President?

The Vice-President is the President of the Senate by the US Constitution. As President of the Senate, the Vice-President is empowered to preside over the Senate and cast a tie-breaking vote. The ...
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Can The Chief Justice Excuse Senators From The Jury In A Presidential Impeachment?

In a normal trial the judge presides over jury selection during the voir dire process. Jurors are excused for causes such as lack of impartiality. Does the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court have ...
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Legal consequences of complying with a house subpoena? [migrated]

I keep seeing in the news that, at the president's order, people are ignoring subpoenas from the house of representatives, citing executive privilege. So what legal bite does the president have if ...
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How long can the Speaker of the House wait to pass the impeachment to the Senate?

By “dragging feet” in presenting articles of impeachment to the Senate which a majority of the House has voted to present, is Pelosi exceeding her authority?
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Immunity from prosecution for heads of state

From what I understand so far, heads of state generally enjoy immunity from prosecution from the judicial system throughout the duration of their term of office. To give particular examples, ...
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Why can't the public vote to impeach a president?

I am new to American politics, so this question maybe very fundamental. I understand that impeachment is a legislative process akin to criminal indictment, and the House and the Senate compose the ...
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What are the House Rules on Delivering Articles of Impeachment? How Have They Changed?

In the Senate Rules, provided in this answer, the process of delivering the articles of impeachment is codified, thus defining when and how the Senate can act on those articles. Are there any ...
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Can the U.S. Senate impose a deadline for the House to transmit articles of impeachment?

A follow-up to this question. Background The House has passed articles of impeachment but at present is refusing to transmit them to the Senate or appoint impeachment managers. The effect of this ...
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Could a delayed impeachment trial cause Trump to be removed from office in his second term?

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has suggested that she might delay delivering the articles of impeachment to the Senate. That could lead to the following scenario: ...
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What is Trump's defence against the obstruction charge?

Trump has been impeached for two things, one of which is obstruction of Congress. White House staffers have refused to testify at the hearings, and Trump has openly dismissed the whole process and ...
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Who has influence over the timing of an impeachment trial?

It seems like Senators who oppose the likely outcome of an impeachment trial may be motivated to delay the start or the end of that trial in order to create opportunities to change the voting ...
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If a president is impeached by the house but not convicted by the Senate, does this affect the president's term limits [closed]

If a President is impeached by the house but not convicted by the Senate, does this affect term limits. There is rumor that the first term would be nullified and the person could run for two more ...
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Can the U.S. Senate hold an impeachment trial if the House “passes” articles of impeachment but does not “transmit” them to the Senate?

After passing articles of impeachment against the President, Speaker Pelosi has announced she will not immediately send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. What does this actually ...
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Can the Chief Justice delay an impeachment trial by resigning?

Since the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court must preside over the Senate trial of an impeached president, can the Chief Justice delay such a trial by resigning? My understanding is that the articles ...
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To whom does “Madam Speaker” refer during the Trump impeachment debate?

Trump impeachment vote is underway. Every representative is making their case for or against the articles of impeachment. Every one of them are addressing the "Madam Speaker". But what I see is that ...
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Time management in the House impeachment debate?

I'm watching the "debate" on the articles of impeachment and I am getting confused by the time management. I've seen this question (Controlling Time in the House of Representatives) but am still ...
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Could a Senator commit perjury if they swear the oath at the impeachment trial in the senate?

A Senator is on record of having explicitly stated "I'm not an impartial juror" in regards to the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. Another Senator said, "I am trying to give a pretty clear ...
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Judicial review of impeachment non crime articles [duplicate]

CSPAN hosted a panel today that broached this question: if the House presents articles of impeachment for an unrecognized federal crime, one of those high crimes and misdemeanors that would not on its ...
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How many Senators must vote to override specific judgments of the Chief Justice in an impeachment trial of the President?

Background In the United States, the Chief Justice presides over the impeachment trial of a President, which happens inside the Senate. He has some powers as laid out in the first answer to this ...
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Is there a time constraint on the Senate voting to convict an impeached president? [duplicate]

This question is mostly what it says in the title. My understanding is that if a president is successfully impeached, the Senate is required to hold a vote on whether or not to convict. Is there any ...
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What impact did Clinton's impeachment have on his reelection?

I have been hearing for a while now that because the Democrats decided to impeach the president that they are going to lose in the 2020 election. When Clinton was impeached in the 90s did Democratic ...
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Can a US President resign to avoid impeachment, then run again and not be impeached for their first term infractions?

This feels similar to a few questions already asked but isn't exactly the same, so I don't believe it is an exact duplicate. Can a first term US President resign prior to a possible or pending ...
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Can the President be impeached twice?

If an impeached President (but not one removed from office) is elected for a second term, can they be impeached again during their second term if the House decides they committed new impeachable ...
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Can impeachment and censure of US president for the same issues coexist?

CNN's Small group of House Democrats discussed censure over impeachment ahead of looming vote made me wonder if they have to necessarily choose between these two. In general, are these exclusive? If ...
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Does removing the US president from office through impeachment affect the validity of the decisions they made?

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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Was the President obligated to notify Congress of a hold on funds to Ukraine? [closed]

During Testimony before the House Committee, Mark Sandy, Office of Management and Budget, said concerns about the hold on military aid caused at least two officials within the Office of Management and ...
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Are impeachment hearings having an effect on public opinion?

Is there evidence that impeachment hearings are changing public opinion (in either direction). If so, how much is public opinion changing? Or are both parties (public opinion) pretty much immovable - ...
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High crimes and/or misdemeanors

In the context of impeachment of a president, the US constitution refers to "high crimes and misdemeanors". The context is ... or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Does that mean ... or ...
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What is the smallest percentage of U.S. voters needed to re-elect the 34 Senators to acquit a President?

When a U.S. President is tried for impeachment, he will be acquitted if more than 1/3 of the Senators (currently 34) vote to acquit him. What is the minimal number of voters (as a percent of eligible ...
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How many hearings can the House hold before calling for a vote on impeachment?

There were House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings lead by Adam Schiff, this week there is another set of hearings lead by Jerry Nadler for House judiciary committee. What I want to know is ...
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Can an MP be impeached?

Inspired by the current impeachment process in the US - and recognising that the Prime Minister is just an MP who has shown that they can command the confidence of the House of Commons - is there any ...
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Can the US Congress disqualify a person from holding office without removing them from office?

So, the process of impeachment described in the US Constitution has two punishments: removal from office, and barring that person from holding office in the future. Because the latter punishment does ...
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What are the possible punishments for an impeached USA president?

In the United States of America, if the House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment against the sitting president, and the Senate finds the president to be guilty, what are the options to ...
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Can John Roberts rule on whether witnesses have to testify in the impeachment inquiry?

It was ruled today that Don McGahn, the former White House counsel, needs to testify in the impeachment inquiry. Like most things, I am guessing that this will probably be appealed, and could end up ...
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Can the President refuse a subpoena from a Congressional impeachment hearing?

Many Trump supporters remain unconvinced by the testimony that has been given during the impeachment inquiry, and say they want to hear what the President has to say in a formal context (as opposed to ...
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In the Trump impeachment hearings, why are so many witnesses heard?

(As it may be relevant as context, I'm German living in Germany, and I am not associated with one of the parties in the US. I tend to agree more with the Democrats) In the impeachment hearings for ...
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HoR witnesses told to report to the lawyers. Why?

Several times now witnesses before the House Select Committee were either told by their superiors or self-reported to NSC laywers. Why and what were the lawyers expected to do? I may have missed ...
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Why, in the US, are politicians tried by other politicians?

If I understand correctly, in the United States, charges are currently being brought against President Trump on the suspicion of enlisting the assistance of foreign governments with re-election, in a ...
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How could hearsay be better evidence than direct?

In this video, Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley can be heard saying "hearsay can be much better evidence than direct", in reference to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The ...
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Why can the Legislative Branch delegate its confirmation authority of inferior officers, but not its impeachment authority of said officers?

Background In the United States, all "Inferior officers" must be confirmed by the Senate, unless the confiring authority is delegated as per Article 2 Section 2 Clause 2 of the constitution: and ...
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What does impeached but not removed from office mean [duplicate]

I have been googling around about the Trump impeachment and would like to get some facts straight. What does "impeached but not removed from office" mean? Clinton was impeached, but not removed from ...
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In the US, what happens if Congressional subpoenas are defied?

In the ongoing attempts by Democrats to impeach Donald Trump, the media reports that the White House has refused to cooperate with the probe. Example. As I understand things now there are witnesses ...
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Polling on Impeachment

Any polls out there indicating the public's pulse on the impeachment? Specifically interested in moderates or independents and swing states.
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Have there been any personal attacks on Sondland after his change in testimony on the quid-pro-quo?

The BBC has reported (on Nov 6) that Trump envoy Gordon Sondland revises testimony on Ukraine aid [...] "I now recall speaking individually with Mr Yermak, where I said resumption of US aid ...
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Was the whistle-blower's (12 Aug 2019) complaint deemed credible?

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, did the Inspector General (Michael Atkinson- IGIC) determine that the whistle-blower's complaint appeared credible? This question can be answered factually. The ...