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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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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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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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 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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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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Who pays for President Trump's impeachment defence?

Who pays for President Trump's impeachment defence? Is it the US state or does President Trump need to pay for his own defence?
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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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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 Speaker ...
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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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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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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 is addressing the "Madam Speaker". But what I see is that ...
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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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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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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

During President Trump's impeachment trial the White House counsel have sought bringing Hunter Biden in several times for testimony. How is Hunter Biden's testimony relevant, opposed to that of John ...
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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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Is there evidence for Col. Vindman being a “Never Trumper”?

The BBC writes As the testimony was due to begin, Mr Trump suggested Col Vindman was a "Never Trumper witness" in a tweet. But there's no evidence mentioned in support of that statement in that ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are all U.S. Senators required to attend the impeachment trial?

Several U.S. Senators are campaigning for their party's nomination for the general presidential election of 2020. The impeachment trial will start next week. Are these Senators required to attend all ...
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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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What is Trump's position on the whistle blower allegations? What does he mean by “witch hunt”?

Last night, on a major US TV network there was a Trump ad about the "Witch Hunt" and ongoing impeachment proceedings. It was unclear from the ad, if Trump's position is that he didn't take the ...
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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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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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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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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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Is the senate trial legal or political?

The impeachment in the House was a political debate - not really a legal one. The rules that apply in a regular trial did not apply there. Is the same true of the Senate trial or is that more of a ...
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If a president is removed from office after being impeached, when does the vice president take office?

In the United States, if during an impeachment trial the Senate votes to convict the president, when does the vice president take office as the new president? Is is immediately after a vote is taken, ...
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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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Is there anything stopping an impeachment trial 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 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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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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Does the Presidential Records Act apply to the Trump/Zelensky telephone call 25 July 2019?

In light of the reported testimony of Lt Col Vindman here, wherein the assertion is made that the raw (software captured) transcript does not agree with the publicly released TELECON, specifically ...
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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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Are there precedents for Congresspersons going in uninvited to closed-doors committee proceedings?

According to CNN: Roughly two-dozen House Republicans on Wednesday stormed a closed-door deposition in secure House Intelligence Committee spaces to rail against the Democratic-led impeachment ...
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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 ...