How to impeach a president

When America’s founding fathers were debating
how to set up a brand-new government, they ran into a problem:
What should happen if a president, in Benjamin Franklin’s words, has “rendered himself
obnoxious?” Most countries didn’t have elected leaders. Or ways to get rid of them, if necessary. So Franklin and the framers turned to a provision
of British common law known as impeachment: Trial, conviction, punishment. In Great Britain, impeachment could be brought
against anybody, any citizen. And it also could result in any punishment,
including death. Michael Gerhardt is a constitutional law professor
who literally wrote the book in impeachment. So they put impeachment in the constitution
and then set up a whole series of unique american features in it. The constitution lays out three offenses for
which any federal official, including the President, can be impeached. The first two, treason and bribery, are pretty
straightforward. Treason means helping enemies of the United
States. Bribery, taking money or gifts in exchange
for a political favor. And the last phrase, other high crimes and
misdemeanors, is not defined in the constitution But these were thought to be serious offenses
against the Republic, and serious breaches of trust. For three U.S. presidents, Andrew Johnson,
Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton, the question of whether to impeach and remove them from
office centered around whether their behavior fit in this third category of high crimes
and misdemeanors. The process of Impeachment has to start in
the House of Representatives. Any member can introduce an impeachment resolution. A resolution, that President George W. Bush
be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors But plenty, like this one, go nowhere. That’s because impeachment charges, have
to be approved by a majority of the House Judiciary Committee. Next, the full House of Representatives votes
on whether to impeach. If a simple majority votes yes, the President
is officially impeached. But that doesn’t mean they lose the presidency. That decision happens in a Senate trial. The Senators act as the jury. They hear evidence from both sides
And if 67% of those Senators vote to to convict, the President is removed from office. This has never actually happened. In 1863, a House majority voted to impeach
Andrew Johnson for firing is Secretary of War. This was after months of conflict after Reconstruction
following the civil war. The only other president impeached by the
House was Bill Clinton in 1998. But in both cases, not enough Senators voted
to actually remove them from office. Johnson was only one vote short, but in Clinton’s
case, it wasn’t even close The Respondent, William Jefferson Clinton,
is not guilty as charged in the Senate article of impeachment. That’s because votes in Clinton’s impeachment
in the House and trial in the Senate were split almost completely by party. part of the disagreement within the Senate
had to do with the context in which Clinton’s actions had taken place. The whole thing started when Clinton was sued
for sexual harassment by a woman named Paula Jones, who worked for him when he was Governor
of Arkansas. In a deposition for that case, Jones’ lawyers
asked Clinton if he’d had a sexual relationship with a different employee– a White House
intern named Monica Lewinsky. Clinton said he hadn’t. I did not have sexual relations with that
woman. Ms. Lewinsky. But that wasn’t true. I had intimate contact with her that was inappropriate. The house will be in order. Republicans in the house argued Clinton should
be impeached for lying under oath. What the defenders want to do is lower the
standards by which we judge this president, and lower the standards for our society by
doing so. Democrats disagreed that the offense was serious
enough to be called a “high crime.” At one point, they walked out of the chamber
in protest. There is one small segment on the far-right,
who have lost all objectivity, and are determined to impeach the President at all costs. House Resolution 6, 11, resolved, that William
Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, is impeached, for high crimes and
misdemeanors. But Clinton’s popularity didn’t really
suffer. There was not a sense the American people
are demanding that he be tossed out of office. Not a single Democratic Senator voted to remove
Clinton from office. Typically, you need to have members of more
than one party That’s one of the major differences between
Clinton’s case and President Richard Nixon’s. Over the course of several months in 1973,
members of Congress, and the American people, learned about Nixon’s possible involvement
in a break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee. By the time the charges had been shown to
have some evidence supporting them, the public began to kind of render a judgement against
Nixon, which was, his popularity plummeted. That evidence came out because Republicans,
members of Nixon’s own party, in both the House and Senate, called for investigations
into the President’s behavior. In the House Judiciary Committee, Republicans
joined with Democrats to approve Articles of Impeachment against Nixon. But Nixon resigned before the full house could
vote on impeachment because Republican leaders had told him there was no way he’d survive. Which explains why no president has ever been
removed from office by impeachment. For that to happen, the president doesn’t
just have to commit some high crime or misdemeanor. He has to lose his own party. In which case, history suggests he’ll see
himself out.

100 thoughts on “How to impeach a president”

  1. How liberals impeach a president:

    Step 1: type angrily on Facebook

    Step 2: get ignored by everyone with a brain

    Step 3: go to step 1 and repeat until you are crying

    Step 4: claim that the system has failed because republicans are in charge

  2. cobrapub here,Hello this is not the 1800's ,there is another thing you need to know in 1900's president Woodrow Wilson in acted the "SEDIUCHION ACT" that allows anybody that try's to derail/overthrough/obstruct government tatument to TREASON! So who wants to go to GITMO?!

  3. Personally I don’t want trump impeached because we would have pence instead and he’s somehow even nuttier in his policies.

  4. even if republicans could get their heads out of their asses and impeach trump next in line is cucklord pence and after that it’s that other twink both of which want conversion therapy alongside all the other bullshit trump is going on about. Just be glad that trump is too incompetent to do more things and be glad there’s only one more year left of his headassery

  5. Oh I see! Like with the Clinton's and uranium one deal. Why would our Democrat president sell Russia a quarter of americas uranium mines?

  6. Trump could "shoot someone in the middle of Town Square" and the Republicans still will not budge. To Republicans, it's party of country—forever. This in turn is putting democracy itself at risk. "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide." –John Adams

  7. Donald Trump is the worst president on this Earth and I don't know why they didn't impeach him he should have been out of the White House a long time ago

  8. ok now i watched this for entertainment and was not disapointed XD at 4:18 you can find schumer being a hypocryte!

  9. “Many countries never had elected leaders nor anyways to get rid of them”
    Hey give some credit to France and their literal dozens of revolts.

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  11. Ima take to the streets w my black , muslim nd white brothers if trump wins 2020 #trump #endtrump #endwhitesupremacy #cnn #fox #pbs #nomoretrump #msnbc #abcnews #abc #foxnews if ur white and ur reading this… Pls join us … To end the persecution of muslims nd Hispanics. My people r dieing while the white man of capital hill is using us as pawns to win politician campaigns !!! #beto is texas best hope atm.. #impeachtrump #impeachment #TedCruz has to go !no more trump !!! No more #sarahSanders nd no more #mikepence no more #mikepompeo , no more of that War criminal #johnBolton who has blood on his hands
    Stay out !!& Also this
    hands off Venezuela !!!
    @foxnews trump tv )

  12. Summary: The POTUS needs to antagonize both the entirety of the opposition party and a large enough portion of his own party to have any chance of getting successfully impeached, convicted and removed from office.

  13. Honestly I am republican but I don’t think that sexual harassment is a high crime sure it’s horrible but REALLY impeachment? I think that if the president is horrible and scamming and imposing TERRIBLE laws and acts then yes but not stuff our presidents have ever done

  14. Last year there was 387 deaths by open shooters in America which needs to stop. Last year 283 recorded deaths from people crossing the borders, they died along the way to the usa because they know they can make it if they tried. Thats the problem so building a wall will save lives. Saying no to the wall is the same as allowing these deaths to happen year after year. We will never have true open borders, so what's the problem with tightening the border to prevent these things from happening? Nothing other than it's a great emotional argument for the Democrats to use. And not to mention all the rapes that happen to the girls that come across the border and drugs that cause overdose.

  15. The only president who was properly impeached was Andrew Jackson. He was impeached by Treason. Nixon was not impeached-he resigned. Because he was hounded by then lawyer Hillary Roshan. Who was censured by the Senate and lost her law license+,for removing pages from the library of congress-those pages stated the president had a right to council-she tore out all those pages-whicu 40 years later came back on her

  16. "Has rendered himself obnoxious"…dumbo trump should have his pix next to that word in the dictionary…treason…what else can u call his relationship with Putin's Russia!

  17. Please do me a big favor I'm getting tired of Donald Trump pushing you guys around like a muppet puppets I would like to see him in peached all my name is Jacque Janssens I live in hedrick Iowa and I'm so sick of seeing it he's running our country crazy he's going to put us inhe is a criminal if I would have done what he is doing right now I would be in a courtroom right at this time facing Justice I believe that this president has caused all kinds of collusion not only collusion he has cost more anger against more people I just don't understand Nancy pelosi why you do not impeach Donald Trump now this is getting out of an way out of hand and you guys have a job to do and that job is to impeach Donald Trump ASAP thank you

  18. Impeach!

  19. Treason, bank fraud, tax fraud, obstruction, witness tampering, extortion, perjury, conspiracy. Impeach 45!

  20. Daniel was thrown in lions den but God shut lion's mouth God will trample down our enemies and protect Donald Trump

  21. This is why Trump will not be impeached, the Senate in the Republicans hold a Majority so the democrats would have to get a large number of republicans to vote against Trump!

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  23. Certain OBSTRUCTION leaning commentators are selling the notion that impeaching Trump would bad for Democrats! IMPEACHMENT OF TRUMP IS TODAY'S D-DAY.

  24. Why mention Richard Nixon? He was never impeached. William Jefferson Clinton and Andrew Johnson remains as the only 2 US Presidents to have been impeached. Both Democrats.

  25. We had 2 Presidents that were impeached, but were acquitted, one resigned before the procedure could take place. 😐

  26. Trump should be impeached, but it's doubtful that will happen, many GOP Senators & Congresspeople are Trumpians, they would have to be convinced to stand up to their idol, & put the country first. 😐

  27. Donald Trump needs to be impeachment anyway. I hate him. He made ICE raided the Mexican families and the immigrants facilities. Impeachment of Donald Trump
    1 like= for agreement

  28. Nice topic kinda fishy timing of coming out but still have something blurry yet indispicable information..

  29. sounds fair…opponents will sure vote you out but if even your own party are vote against you, theres no point to stay…

  30. What is impeachment: stuffing a person into a peach? Wouldn't pumpkin be more suitable? And if it is a legal concept rather than chefs' lingo, shouldn't it be administered in response for a crime? What is the crime, for God's sake?!

  31. The preference is to vote Trump out of office. If that doesn't happen we'll impeach him. No matter what, he's going to prison.

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