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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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Why are the Ukraine related congressional hearings behind closed doors?

A series of high profile witnesses have recently testified in US congressional hearings about Ukraine, particularly including Marie Yovanovitch (Oct. 11, 2019) and Gordon Sondland (Oct. 17, 2019). As ...
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Why don't the US Democrats add the withdrawal from Syria to President Trump's impeachment charges? [on hold]

It seems to me like the Democrats have the potential to gain a lot if they do. The GOP has already come out strongly against the withdrawal, as opposed to their tepid reception of the Ukraine related ...
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Does impeachment have any concrete implications? [duplicate]

Assuming Trump gets impeached, are there any ramifications other than that the Senate votes on whether to remove him from office? Assuming they don't, since they're Republican-controlled and they need ...
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When and why did the House rules change to permit an inquiry without a vote?

This other question asks whether the House requires a vote to begin an impeachment inquiry, but several of the answers (including the accepted one) point out that the rules have changed since Clinton'...
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Should the House of Representatives have voted on the impeachment investigation? [duplicate]

The White House has sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several heads of committees, refusing to cooperate with the impeachment investigation. The argument is that the investigation is ...
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Does the US Supreme Court have the authority to rule on impeachment matters?

In the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the Trump administration has recently taken the stance that apparently they view the inquiry as invalid in some way, and are refusing to ...
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Why it is a big deal whether or not Adam Schiff talked to the whistleblower?

I'm wondering why the news media focuses on the problem of whether or not Adam Schiff talked to the whistleblower before filing the complaint or not such as this. I would appreciate it if somebody ...
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Did past presidential impeachment inquiries have basic defendant's rights?

In a recent letter on behalf of the president to the House committees on impeachment, the president's counsel Pat A. Cipollone wrote: I write on behalf of President Donald J. Trump in response to ...
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What can be done about a US president who refuses to co-operate with an impeachment panel?

Is it possible to prevent a sitting US President from hindering an impeachment investigation against him or her? The Washington Post just reported that: Trump personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani ...
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Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry?

Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry? News sources such as this CNN article seem to show a disagreement between the White House saying that a House vote is required, while ...
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Blocking Sondolands Testimony [duplicate]

How can the president block someone from testifying before Congress? Wouldn't that straight up be obstructing the investigation of Congress?
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Has the media reevaluated Schiff's statements in light of the fact there was a second whistleblower?

Only a few days ago the Washington Post gave Schiff "four pinocchios" for his statements regarding his early contacts with the whistleblower. Interestingly, this sentence was part of the WaPo ...
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What level of disclosure about prior contact is required on whistleblower forms?

The Trump-leaning media (e.g. Fox) is full of stories that the whistleblower did not disclose his initial approach to the House Intelligence Committee. Sources say Michael Atkinson said the ...
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Could Trump prevent Congress from barring himself from re-election by resigning at the last second? [duplicate]

Let's say Senate decides to vote for removing Trump from public office and making him ineligible for future re-election. Constitutionally speaking, could Trump sidestep the impeachment process by ...
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If the law cited as the reason for an impeachment article is rendered unconstitutional, does that nullify the impeachment article?

Background Back in 1868, President Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act of 1867 when he tried to remove the secretary of war Edwin Stanton without the Senate's consent. ...
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What happens if an official leaves office before the end of his/her impeachment process?

There's an article on CNN and one of its headers says that There's no time limit on the impeachment process - but Democrats want to move quickly What happens if the legal process takes multiple ...
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Legally how would one demonstrate Trump's motive was to solicit interference in the 2020 election [closed]

The whistleblower report makes the following allegation: In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United ...
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In Brazil, is the suspension of the president optional while the impeachment trial takes place?

In Brazil, in 2016, their president was suspended while being tried by the Senate, which also removed her from office in the end. The suspension vote took place in the Senate as well. Was this ...
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How long does an impeachment and a conviction take?

Assuming it is clear for which reason a president of the United States should be impeached, and there are no open questions in terms of what is needed for impeachment and a possible conviction: ...
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Can the senate majority leader postpone a vote on impeachment? [duplicate]

In an infamous column in the Washington Post entitled Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset, it's argued that the senate majority leader repeatedly has postponed bills with bipartisan support so they ...
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Could the Senate legally hold an impeachment conviction vote in secret?

Recently, a GOP consultant became famous for saying that if the Senate held this vote in secret, at 30 Republican senators would vote to convict Trump on impeachment charges. I am wondering if the ...
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What are the limits on an impeached and not convicted president?

What, if any, are the limits on an impeached and not convicted president?
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Congress taking a break and Impeachment

If congress is about to take a break, what happens with the impeachment inquiries that are going on now? Are they simply put on hold for the next bit?
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What does it mean that the transcript of the Trump-Zelinsky phone call is “not a verbatim transcript”?

The transcript of the phone call between President Trump and President Zelinsky states that it "is not a verbatim transcript". What does this mean? How do we know they are not hiding something, or ...
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Was the whistleblower in the Ukraine scandal legally required to make his report?

When talking about impeaching Trump, everyone mentions a whistleblower. I am under the impression that this means that who he is is not public information. If he knew such sensitive information, was ...
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Let's say the impeachment procedure reaches the Senate. What next?

Let's assume for a second that the House votes to impeach Trump. This only takes a simple majority, something that they might be able to achieve, depending on how serious the Ukraine allegations turn ...
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Why does the Trump-Zelensky phone call matter?

I think that a simplified version of this question (which is put on hold because of too much opinion in the question) is an interesting one and I hope to learn something from this discussion. The ...
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Does the DOJ's declining to investigate the Trump-Zelensky call ruin the basis for impeachment?

Background 2019-07-25US President Donald Trump had a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is central to the recent Trump–Ukraine controversy. 2019-09-24Nancy Pelosi, the ...
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Who is the man in Slate’s Impeach-O-Meter?

This picture from Slate’s article is a scale showing an estimated probability of Trump’s impeachment. It includes several Trump’s faces, from happy to unhappy. The man in the end of the scale (100% ...
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What is the point of impeaching Trump?

By attempting to impeach Trump, Democrats will accomplish either of two things. They will succeed in removing him from office. Mike Pence takes over. A career politician, well liked by conservatives, ...
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Does a presidential impeachment inquiry give the House additional powers to obtain documents more quickly?

Does a presidential impeachment inquiry allow the House to obtain documents relevant to its inquiry (such as a president's tax returns) more quickly? Do impeachment inquiries change anything relating ...
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Can the Senate ignore impeachment? [duplicate]

If the House of Representatives impeaches a President, can the Senate Majority Leader or Senate leadership just ignore it and not even take it up, or are they required to hold a trial?
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What kind of concrete things has Donald Trump done that might constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors”?

"High crimes and misdemeanors" is a the official standard for impeachment of a US president. As I understand, the term is legally a bit vague because it hasn't been tested much. What kind of concrete ...
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Why has Speaker Pelosi been so hesitant to impeach President Trump?

I am curious as to why Nancy Pelosi (until 9/24/2019 17:00 EDT) seemed to be so reluctant to push for Donald Trump's impeachment. It seems that the Democratic Party is becoming increasingly outraged ...
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Can a House-impeached but not Senate-convicted president run for a second term?

Suppose the House impeaches Trump but the Senate does not convict him and he is not removed from office. Could this House-impeached president run for a second term?
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If Trump gets impeached, how long would Pence be president?

If President Donald Trump were impeached and convicted, and Mike Pence became president, how long would his term be? Would it be for 4 years or would there still be a 2020 election?
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What requirements are there on the Senate to process Articles of Impeachment? [duplicate]

If the House passes Articles of Impeachment, can the Senate refuse to accept them for processing or delay them through Senate procedures?
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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 ...