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For what things can a president be impeached?

I know from the Clinton scandal that a president can be impeached for perjury (sp?).... but can anyone list other things a president can be "evicted from office" for?
The only other one I can think of is treason...which, honestly, is a BROAD term.

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Asked by brandyj at 7:01 PM on Mar. 13, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Note: No president has ever been removed from office due to impeachment proceedings...although it is possible.

    Impeachable Offenses

    Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says, "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." In his report, Independent Counsel, Starr accuses President Clinton of committing eleven acts for which he could be removed from office by impeachment. Are any of those acts "Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors?" Well, that's up to the members of the House of Representatives. According to Constitutional Lawyers, "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" are (1) real criminality -- breaking a law; (2) abuses of power; (3) "violation of public trust" as defined by Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers. In 1970, then Representative Gera

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 7:07 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • OMG, well ain't that a pip.................

    Know anyone guilty of more or more of the above lately?!!!!!!..................................................

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 7:14 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • Hmm... by my definition, Clinton did all of those. #1- He commited adultery, which is still illegal in the law books. #2- He abused his power by having a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky. Not to mention he hung her out to dry during the trail and her reputation is ruined. #3- He violated the public trust by lying about his affair in multiple interviews and while on the stand in court.

    Clinton should have been removed from office... Nixon too. But they weren't because "We the People" are losing our power.

    Answer by brandyj at 7:14 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • Impeachable offenses In the United States, impeachment can occur both at the federal and state level. The Constitution defines impeachment at the federal level and limits impeachment to "The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States" who may only be impeached and removed for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors". [2] Several commentators have suggested that Congress alone may decide for itself what constitutes an impeachable offense.[citation needed] In 1970, then-House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford defined the criteria as he saw it: "An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history."


    Answer by brandyj at 7:26 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • Nixon wasn't thrown out of office because he resigned before he could be impeached.

    Answer by Kaelaasmom at 7:31 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • I would have to look it up but I do believe several states impeached Bush.


    Answer by Friday at 7:35 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • Unfortunately, double talk and ineptness isn't in there.....

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:37 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • What did Bush do that warrented impeachment??

    Answer by brandyj at 7:42 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • Quoted: "Unfortunately, double talk and ineptness isn't in there..... "

    Honey, is this your first election or what?? They all do that.  Are you sure you are old enough to vote?  Seriously, it's politics Baby!!!eye rolling


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:49 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

  • Oh you know, nothing as important as a bj or lying about a bj but stuff like manipulating intelligence to convince us to enter a war, war crimes like torture, spying w/o warrents, suspending Habeus Corpus, outing a CIA agent. Nothing big.

    I'm not saying he is or isn't guilty of any of them but that is what I found on a couple of the states links.


    Answer by Friday at 7:54 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

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