Impeachment - Impeachment Congress also has the power to...

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Impeachment Congress also has the power to expel elected officials within the government for committing crimes. First, the House must impeach the official by listing the specific charges. The Constitution states that a person can be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which is not very precise. As a result, scholars and politicians have debated what constitutes “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The Senate, presided by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, then tries the official. Two-thirds of senators must vote in favor of conviction for the official to be removed from office. Although the House has impeached a number of federal officials and judges, it has only impeached two presidents: Andrew Johnson in 1867 and Bill Clinton in 1998. The Senate acquitted both presidents (in Johnson’s case, by a single vote). The Executive Branch The president heads the executive branch. According to the Constitution, the president has five powers: 1. Conduct foreign policy 2. Command the armed forces
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course POS POS2112 taught by Professor Leslietaylor during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.

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