iternet it means we get a new one. to put it simply; he (or i guess she) is fired... it's a biut more compliacted than that, but that's the general idea In the constitutions of several countries, impeachment is the first of two stages in a specific process for a legislative body to remove a government official without that official's agreement. removed from office it means that we voted him out of office before his term was up and are going to vote for a new one.(hopefully a woman) he got kicked out of office by congress voting on it but he/she has to commit a crime first Well if impeachment is brought against him he basically goes on trial. This is for a crime that he committed. If the senate finds him guilty then he is no longer president. No president has been found guilty and removed, but Nixon would have if he hadn't quit first. Technically nothing: Impeachment only refers to the first "two" steps of de-seating a president or member of government.
In the United States, impeachment can occur both at the federal and state level. At the federal level, both the executive branch and the judiciary may be impeached, though different standards apply. For the executive branch, only those who have allegedly committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" may be impeached. Although treason and bribery are obvious, the Constitution is silent on what constitutes a "high crime." Several commentators have suggested that Congress alone may decide for itself what constitutes an impeachable offense.
The standard for impeachment among the judiciary is much broader. Article III of the Constitution states that judges remain in office "during good behavior," implying that Congress may remove a judge for bad behavior.
As "civil Officers of the United States", members of Congress are subject to impeachment by the House of Representatives and removal by the Senate. (That process was used once, against Senator William Blount.) In modern times, expulsion has become the preferred (albeit rare) method of dealing with errant Members of Congress, as each House has the authority to expel their own members - without involving the other chamber, as impeachment would require.
The impeachment procedure is in two steps. The House of Representatives must first pass "articles of impeachment" by a simple majority. (All fifty state legislatures as well as the District of Columbia city council may also pass articles of impeachment against their own executives). The articles of impeachment constitute the formal allegations. Upon their passage, the defendant has been "impeached."
Next, the Senate tries the accused. In the case of the impeachment of a President, the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the proceedings. Otherwise, the Vice President, in his capacity of President of the Senate, or the President pro tempore of the Senate presides. This would include the impeachment of the Vice President him- or herself.
In order to convict the accused, a two-thirds majority of the senators present is required. In the case of current office-holders, conviction automatically removes the defendant from office. Following conviction, the Senate may vote to further punish the individual by barring him from holding future federal office (either elected or appointed). Despite a conviction by the Senate, the defendant remains liable to criminal prosecution. It is possible to impeach someone even after the accused has vacated his office in order to disqualify the person from future office or from certain emoluments of their prior office (such as a pension.) If a two-thirds majority of the senators present does not vote "Guilty" on one or more of the charges, the defendant is acquitted and no punishment is imposed.
Congress regards impeachment as a power to be used only in extreme cases; the House has initiated impeachment proceedings only 62 times since 1789 (most recently Bill Clinton), and only the following 16 federal officers have been impeached:
Associate Justice Samuel Chase in 1804
President Bill Clinton was impeached on December 19, 1998 by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury to a grand jury (by a 228-206 vote) and obstruction of justice (by a 221-212 vote). Two other articles of impeachment failed — a second count of perjury in the Jones case (by a 205-229 vote), and one accusing Clinton of abuse of power (by a 148-285 vote). He was acquitted by the Senate.
President Andrew Johnson in 1868. President Johnson was acquitted of all charges by a single vote in the Senate.
one cabinet officer
eleven other federal judges.
Many mistakenly assume Richard Nixon was impeached, but he wasn't. While the House Judiciary Committee did pass articles of impeachment against him (by wide margins) and did report those articles to the full House, Nixon resigned prior to House consideration of the impeachment resolutions. Both his impeachment by the House of Representatives and his conviction by the Senate were near certainties.
Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, also resigned rather than wait to be impeached for tax evasion and money laundering. TWO WORDS: BILL CLINTON! It means he has been charged with a crime. Two presidents have been impeached, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. They both finished their terms. Impeachment does not mean kicked out of office like most people think. Impeachment is a formal process to remove an elected official from office. The official (in this case a president) is impeached, then the Senate decides if (s)he is guilty or not. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only presidents to be impeached, but neither were found guilty and did not have to leave office. Nixon resigned from office before formal impeachment proceedings could begin. If a president WERE impeached and found guilty/kicked out of office, I think the Vice President would then take over for the remainder of the term. Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body formally levels charges against a high official of government. Impeachment does not necessarily mean removal from office; it comprises only a formal statement of charges, akin to an indictment in criminal law. It means the president has been been charged or accused of wrong-doing, and NOT necessarily found guilty. The House of Representatives is empowered to charge the president; the Senate tries the case [trial]. it means that the people of the united states of America feels that he is no longer competent to run our country or we feel as if him as the leader will jeopardize our nations political economical or social stability as a world power It means that we have to get a new one. It also that the president was very bad.
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