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  • 20 January, 2021

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Donald Trump (USA President) Impeachment

Donald Trump (USA President) Impeachment

  • Impeachment is a provision that allows Congress to remove the President of the United States.
  • The House of Representatives (Lower House) has “the sole power of impeachment” while the Senate (Upper House) has “the sole power to try all impeachments”.
  • The Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court has the duty of presiding over impeachment trials in the Senate.

What are the grounds for impeachment:

  • The President can be removed from office for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours”.
  • Essentially, it means an abuse of power by a high-level public official.
  • This does not necessarily have to be a violation of an ordinary criminal statute.
  • Historically, in the US, it has encompassed corruption and other abuses, including trying to obstruct judicial proceedings.

What is the process of USA Impeachment?

  • It begins with an investigation by a House committee.
  • If they find that there is enough evidence of wrongdoing, it will refer the matter to the full House.
  • When the full House votes, if one or more of the articles of impeachment gets a majority vote, the President is impeached.
  • Next, the proceedings move to the Senate.
  • The Senate holds a trial, overseen by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. A team of lawmakers from the House, known as managers, play the role of prosecutors.
  • The President has defence lawyers, and the Senate serves as the jury.
  • If at least two-thirds of the Senators present to find the President guilty, he is removed and the Vice President takes over as President.

Source: TH


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