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How to Impeach a President

How To Impeach a President, How to Remove Donald Trump from Office, Can Donald Trump Be Impeached

Donald Trump pauses during a campaign event September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Getty)

Google searches for “How to impeach a president” rose by almost 5,000% on Wednesday, according to Metro UK. Google Trends show that the top five states searching this question were Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.

Donald Trump won the presidency Tuesday night, raking in 279 electoral votes. When polls began pointing towards a Trump triumph, the Canadian citizenship website crashed, and Google searches for “Move to Canada” spiked to an all-time high.

The Inquisitr writes, “The question of whether Donald Trump could face impeachment has actually been floating around for several months, even before he wrapped up the Republican nomination.”


The Process

Presidential impeachment requires votes in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. First, the House of Representative must determine whether or not there are grounds to impeach the President. If the House decides that there are, the Senate holds an impeachment trial. Senators are sworn in during the proceedings.

Specifically, the House Judiciary Committee must put together a list of the Articles of impeachment for the House of Representatives to vote on. If the majority votes to approve the charges, then the issue must go to trial.

The Senate then holds a trial in which the President is represented by his lawyers. A select group of House members serve as the prosecutors, and the Senate privately meets afterwards to debate whether or not to remove the President from office. A 2/3 vote by the Senate results in an official conviction.


Which Presidents Have Been Impeached

Historically, only two presidents have been impeached, and neither was convicted. The first was Andrew Johnson, the 17th president, who was accused of violating the Tenure of Office Act. The House impeached Johnson, but the Senate acquitted him later that year.

Bill Clinton was also impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice after misleading a grand jury about his extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky. The Senate acquitted Clinton of both charges.

Grounds for Impeachment

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” These include: Acts of treason, bribery, other high crimes or misdemeanors.

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9 comments

  1. the democrats in the senate won’t allow the affirmative action prezzie barackie to be impeached, so he’ll just pardon hillarity and all of her corrupt, criminal allies before barackie scurries off, bank accounts stuffed.

    • Man learn the meaning of being a patriot no matter how you feel he is our commander and chief therefor deserves to be respected regardless of how you may feel. Lets see you do a better job!!!! Cant go online saying crazy shit when you are president and the weight of the world is on your shoulders so before you are so quick to pass judgement try to walk a mile in his shoes.

  2. God I hope he does some stupid crap and gets caught fast!! Not good enough to just get Trump out of the way. Pence MUST GO too. This is going to be a hell for 4 years. And I’m mid 30s white so I wont get the brunt of it. We will be Putins puppet state… I could go on and on.

    • Nope, you’re wrong. Clinton was impeached but was acquited by the senate, and Nixon was never impeached because he resigned.

    • Ho German Dictator Trump, like his ansestor who instead of having beauty paganets had prositution bars! This is bigger than the deporable know! He will never drain the swamp, the swamp are the GOP ” Republicans” they had to Elect him to shut him up. It really is rigged, hillary won! Now Rudy, Chris Christie, Pence will run the show. Chris Christie should be in jail along with his assistants instead he will be running the White House because German Trump does not know how! I pray Obama does not give him no advice. Let him send all you deporables to world war III along with your children and grandchildren. He will never build the wall he needs his cocaine for his stamina with his buy a ho from Russia. Who was here illegally working here She cant even give her own speech she used Mrs Obama. Google that! He lie n lied now u gave him the job cant wait to see ur results. Your ansestors most be turning in their grave, his German Ansestors killed americans in World War I and you vote for him. I hope he gets rid of Obama Care now all of you deporable can get your prescription for Opids and die of liver Cancer. Congrats drug addict German Trump a Cocaine user like Hilter will never do anything he lied! The GOP Republicans run the USA not you or him!