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Can a President be impeached after leaving office?

Suppose for the sake of the question that: hypothetical U.S. President Liam Duke begins to be formally impeached on Jan 19, the day before the next President is sworn in. President Duke is in fact ...
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Can a United States President issue a self-pardon?

In the event a President is accused or found guilty of a serious crime while in office, can they pardon themselves for it?
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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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What would happen if vote tallies were discovered to be changed?

On Monday, the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency testified before the House Intelligence Committee. During the hearing, the House Intelligence Chairman asked Mike Rogers if votes ...
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Is there any recourse to remove a dissatisfactory president even if he hasn't broken the law?

So, lets say a certain wig-wearing candidate were elected president, and he decided to (contrary to certain campaign promises) not commit several violations of the constitution into law; Lets say he ...
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Can non-US citizens illegally vote in the presidential election in California?

Without respect to how many such cases have happened in the past, is it possible for illegal immigrants or legal residents who aren't citizens to vote in the presidential election in California? ...
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Are the US President's phone calls recorded?

Apparently the official phone calls of the US President are recorded and transcripts are made. This process has apparently resulted in multiple phone conversations being revealed to the public by ...
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Why have unpopular figures like Putin publicly supported Trump? [closed]

Why have Putin and Kim Jong Un publicly supported Trump? Presumably they want Trump to win, but they must know that they themselves are wildly unpopular in America. The leaders of Russia and North ...
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What happens if President Trump has been found to be colluding with Russia?

What happens if it is proven that President Trump has been colluding with Russia during his campaign? Does he go to trial or get impeached? Or does nothing happen?
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What happens if a candidate in a US Presidential election becomes the subject of a serious criminal charge?

Let's suppose the nominating convention has taken place, and then either the Republican or Democrat candidate is charged with some serious unlawful act (presumably they cannot be impeached at this ...
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What has Donald Trump accomplished as a president (objectively)? [closed]

I define an accomplishment as a well-defined stated goal that has been successfully met. The goal may have been stated by Trump directly, at some point in his political career, or it may be a goal ...
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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 a president is impeached and removed from power, do they lose all benefits usually afforded to presidents when they leave office?

It is my understanding that there are a number of benefits bestowed to presidents when they leave office. These include a lucrative pension, $1 million travel budget per year, personal protection etc....
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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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If a president does extra-constitutional things, what can be done?

Over the past decade or so, there has been a lot of noise regarding the Executive branch doing extra-legal things. Between the Bush-era Torture scandal, and the Obama-era drone strikes, it ...
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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 someone who already served two terms as president get “skipped” in the presidential line of succession?

I know someone who has already served two1 terms as president cannot be elected president again, and there is apparently an argument about whether or not such a person can be elected to vice president....
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How are Donald Trump's recent comments about Muslim immigrants unconstitutional?

A recent campaign press release from Donald Trump, the leading contender to become the Republican party’s nominee for US presidential candidate, recently called to ban Muslims from entering the United ...
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What powers does a US president have between the end of an election and the inauguration of the next president?

I read a tweet earlier asking the hypothetical question of "what could Trump do between November and January if he lost the election?" In the UK, the election is lost and the winners enter ...
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Legally speaking in the United States, could a former president be vice president? [duplicate]

Legally speaking, is there any laws against a former president that has served 2 terms from being vice president?
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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary?

Is renouncing his Canadian citizenship the only step he needed to take in order to be a viable candidate for the U.S. presidency?
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What is the difference between the Chancellor and the President of Germany?

As you know, Germany has both a Chancellor and a President. While the Chancellor's appearances in international stages and media seem to be huge, not many foreign media talk about the German President....
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Can the current President of the United States block the transfer of their office to the next elected president?

As indicated by commentary in the news, a considerable amount of people seem concerned about who wins the U.S. Presidential election. For this reason we have for example articles like this Op-Ed in LA ...
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What could the US federal government do to reform the police?

There is a widespread belief that policing in the USA suffers from systemic racism. Let us suppose that Joe Biden gets elected President and decides that this is a priority. Let us also suppose that ...
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Do former US presidents have the right to receive daily CIA briefings?

In Michael Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheight 9/11 a person named Dan Briody says the following: George H.W. Bush is a man who has obviously incredible reach into the White House. He receives daily CIA ...
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What checks exist against overuse of presidential pardons in the USA?

In some countries, the head of state can pardon anyone for alleged crimes. For example, in Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler pardoned murderers of communists and Soviet prisoners of war, in those cases in ...
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Does the US President have the power to quarantine a state or other locality?

On Saturday, March 28th, President Trump told reporters that he was "considering imposing a quarantine on New York state". He later tweeted that he was giving consideration to a quarantine of "hot ...
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How is justice supposed to work for the president of the United States?

I am having trouble understanding how the President of the United States should be brought to justice if one should commit a crime. This question should not be viewed as pro-vel-contra Trump, but an ...
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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 the POTUS perform a mass-pardon for those who meet certain criteria?

Let's say a POTUS wanted to legalise weed, and after doing so wanted to then free all the prisoners he could who's only crime was using/having weed, being otherwise innocent. To do this, could the ...
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What happens to delegates when a candidate withdraws or suspends their campaign

In the United States Presidential Primaries, what happens to a candidates delegates if they later withdraw from the race? For example, in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary for the State of New ...
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If the VP were to invoke the 25th amendment to remove the President as unfit for office, would acting secretaries be able to consent?

The 25th Amendment says that the Vice-President, in conjunction with half of the fifteen executive department heads, can declare the President unfit to discharge his duties. Presently only two of the ...
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Result if a sitting president was found ineligible by surprise discovery of origin

What happens if, after a few years, a sitting President was found in a surprise revelation, and through no fault of their own, to have been utterly ineligible for that office because of both where ...
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Can a candidate for US president un-suspend their campaign?

When candidates for US president drop out of the race, they "suspend" their campaign. The fact that they use that word makes me wonder if they can un-suspend it if they wished to?
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Why is “president for life” in China such a big deal?

"Great Leap Backward" was the title announcing the term limit removal in China. This BBC article tells us more about this: The constitution has been altered to allow Xi Jinping to remain as ...
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What does the POTUS do, exactly?

It seems that the main avenues available to the President of the United States (POTUS) to exercise his will are: Vetoing bills Hiring and firing top employees in federal government Appointing supreme ...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, why is it claimed that the US President is making a trade-off of human lives for the economy?

This question posted recently makes a lot of assumptions, including the US President is currently making a trade-off of human lives for the economy or Trump's pro-economy death-permissive ...
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Why does US tend to have rather old leaders (> 60) while more and more European countries have young ones (<40)?

This questions deals with the age of presidential candidates in US. The most upvoted answer argues that: The main reason is simply that president of the US is the very top position that can be ...
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Could the US military legally refuse to follow a legal, but unethical order?

For example, if the president ordered the military to launch nukes to attack a country that poses no real threat, assuming its legal, can the military refuse to follow through on it on the grounds ...
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May partisan events be held in the White House?

I noticed US President Trump held a Republican National Convention (RNC) event at the White House the other day. Is it not illegal, and unprecedented, for the President to use the White House — a ...
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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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Why is the US president allowed to grant a pardon?

So I was reading today and I read for about the thousandth time about a presidential pardon, and I started to wonder: Why is the president allowed to grant a pardon? What are the limits of a ...
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How is Juan Guaido able to claim the Presidency of Venezuela without an election?

In the last few weeks, Juan Guaido, the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, has been increasingly referring to himself as the legitimate President, as opposed to Nicholas Maduro who held dubious ...
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What gives the U.S. president the legal authority to raise tariffs?

In the last few minutes, President Trump has signed a proclamation to introduce tariffs on most imports of steel and aluminium to the United States. Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution states ...
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Why does it take much longer to count the last few percentages of votes in some states?

Looking at Google -> US elections, I see that in many US states the percentage of reporting is >95%. This leads me to think that the last few percentages of votes in some states take much longer ...
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Can Bernie Sanders be a write-in candidate if he does not win the primaries?

Every source I can find says most states require an individual to register to be a write-in candidate for their votes to be tallied. So, has Bernie registered, or does the fact that he ran in the ...
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What are the limits of the authority of POTUS to issue Executive Orders

Civics class was almost a half century ago. However, I thought I was taught that only Congress could make laws. How and why does the President have the authority to make law via Executive Orders? ...
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How easy is it to implement a National Sunday Law?

The 7th Day Adventist Church mentions that before the end of the time, the Papacy and the USA will introduce a Sunday Law (known as Blue Law) which will enforce the keeping of Sunday as worship day (...
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Trump's recent siding with the democrats on 3 months debt extension - trying to understand a few things

I've read up on it a bit and I think I understand the basics. The 3-month debt ceiling extension gives the Democrats key negotiating leverage in December when the debt ceiling is up for discussion ...
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What is the purpose of initiating the recent changes in the Russian Federation resulting in the “Russian Government Resigning”?

Recently (mid January 2020), there has been much press about the government of the Russian Federation "resigning". From what I understand, these changes were initiated by current Russian Federation ...