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Why is there no process in the United States to remove and re-elect the President?

One of the main reasons was that the President - even now, never mind in Founding Fathers' time - is not the "head of government", the way Prime Ministers are in Parliamentary systems. The President ...
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Why hasn't the US political system taken recourse against Trump for his politically motivated firings?

No one has attempted to "rein in or remove the President" because he has not been found to have done anything illegal. These "politically motivated sackings" were not of elected ...
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Does the DOJ's declining to investigate the Trump-Zelensky call ruin the basis for impeachment?

Please, understand me in a right way - I'm not position myself as pro-Trump/pro-democrat - it is inner deals of foreign country for me, like a chess party. But this is just interesting question, I ...
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Is there evidence for Col. Vindman being a "Never Trumper" at the time of his testimony?

This comment is coming from the same President who called lifelong Republican Robert Mueller "a Democrat" for investigating him. He doesn't use these words to mean what they mean. He ...
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Why hasn't the US political system taken recourse against Trump for his politically motivated firings?

You wrote that you are an outside observer (I live in Europe) As a fellow European, I can somewhat relate. There is an important thing to consider, though: in the US, professional bureaucrats ...
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Is there evidence for Col. Vindman being a "Never Trumper" at the time of his testimony?

No, from ABC News (in reference to Ambassador Bill Taylor and Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman; emphasis mine): Trump has repeatedly lambasted these officials sitting for depositions as “Never ...
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Can an impeached President run for a second term?

Answer: During an impeachment trial, the Senate can "disqualify" an officeholder from holding any public office again, but that is a separate vote from their "removal". Article 1, Section 3, Clause 7 ...
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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

'Why' questions are inherently difficult, often de-evolving to opinion-mongering. Unless someone in the White House tells us their reasoning explicitly, we could only guess. However, what we can say ...
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If a US president is convicted for insurrection, does that also prevent his children from running for president?

No, and it is arguably prohibited by the Constitution. First, it specifies quite clearly what the punishment for impeachment can include. Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further ...
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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 You understand incorrectly. It has been asserted that President Trump may have done those ...
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Can the President be impeached twice?

A president can be impeached as many times as the House would like. The House could impeach the president multiple times in the same term if they wanted to. They could impeach on the same charges ...
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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?

The benefits granted to former presidents are set out in the appropriately-named Former Presidents Act passed in 1958. This act entitles former presidents to a rate of pay equal to that of a head of ...
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Why are there so few impeachments in western democracies and so many votes of no confidence?

One is an expected form of power transfer, the other is not. In a parliamentary democracy, each representative has a mandate from their constituents, and only in aggregate can they form a government. ...
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Why isn't the constitutionality of Trump's 2nd impeachment decided by the supreme court?

Because the US Supreme Court does not have the authority to rule on whether an impeachment is constitutional. That power lies solely with the US Senate, as part Article I, Section 3 of the US ...
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Why has Speaker Pelosi been so hesitant to impeach President Trump?

Has Nancy Pelosi made any public statements about why she is not supporting a push for impeachment, or what line Trump would have to cross, before she would support it? On September 20, 2019, House ...
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Can the Supreme Court overturn an impeachment?

In Walter L. Nixon v. United States (unrelated to President Richard Nixon), the court held that the judiciary could not review impeachment proceedings. According to the constitution, the House has the ...
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Why is there no process in the United States to remove and re-elect the President?

@User4012 makes some good arguments, I'll add a few. The Founders greatly underestimated the relative power of the Congress and the President and expected that the Congress would turn out to be the ...
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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

Four reasons: Whataboutism. It's easy to make potshots at vague 'questionable' behavior without actually trying to get to the bottom of it and punish those responsible. Add to that a refusal to ...
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Why hasn't the US political system taken recourse against Trump for his politically motivated firings?

The concern about checks and balances is important, but you are misunderstanding how these checks and balances work in the United States government. The FBI is Not a Check on the President The ...
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If Trump gets impeached, how long would Pence be president?

There would still be a 2020 election If a President is impeached and removed from office, or stops being the President for any other reason, the Vice President serves the remainder of that President'...
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Why isn't the constitutionality of Trump's 2nd impeachment decided by the supreme court?

@divibisan but this question isn't about reviewing impeachments. It's about whether impeaching a former president is constitutional. @divibisan I do not understand your question. OP asks why it is ...
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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?

No. There is no way that interested members of the public or Congress could force the President of the United States to undergo a mental health examination. In principle, a mental health examination ...
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Does removing the US president from office through impeachment affect the validity of the decisions they made?

Nothing happens. Executive orders stay in place until they are revoked or changed by the new President (the former Vice President). The new President can do that as easily as the precedessor made ...
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Who pays for President Trump's impeachment defence?

Personal lawyers are paid for by the President himself while the federal government pays for lawyers from the Office of the White House Counsel (see this WH document for their salaries). Legal teams ...
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Has a state official ever been impeached twice?

There have been 2 governors who were impeached twice. From this Research Response 1 published by the Illinois General Assembly, Governors Henry Johnston of Oklahoma and Harrison Reed of Florida were ...
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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?

Yes, the Senate can hold a trial, but they would have to change their rules first in order to do so. There's no Constitutional requirement that the Articles of Impeachment be somehow "sent" ...
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Why can't the public vote to impeach a president?

Since the public decide whom to elect as a president, why can't they vote on impeaching the president? The public doesn't (directly) decide whom to elect. The president is elected by the Electoral ...
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Could Putin be impeached?

Russian Parliament is fully controlled by Putin's United Russia party, so I can imagine it happening only if it becomes someone else's party. Even then he would probably declare martial law due to ...
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If one party controls the house and 2/3 of the senate, what's to stop them taking the presidency?

Technically speaking? You're right, nothing Practically speaking though there are 2 problems with it. First, you're assuming that the House majority and Senate super majority are completely on the ...
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