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'Find out who can impeach the President, how the impeachment process works, and what happens when the President is impeached. Among Americans, there tends to be confusion about what exactly impeachment means. At times, impeachment has been conflated with removal from office and a nuanced understanding of the process goes unexplained. While impeachment can be directed at any civil officer of the United States, we're going to discuss what it means for the President of the United States.'

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and from th article: "What is impeachment?

Impeachment was written into the Constitution as a mechanism to hold the President of the United States accountable for wrongdoing. Rather than a direct indictment by way of the justice system, the legislative branch is responsible for impeaching the president. Article II of the Constitution defines it:

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.

The ultimate result of a successful impeachment in the House of Representatives, and a subsequent conviction in the Senate, is the removal from office. As defined in Article I of the Consitution, "the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law." This means after the President is removed from office, they could still be indicted.

What is a high crime and misdemeanor?

"High Crimes and Misdemeanors" are not defined by the Constitution, but they have been given broad meaning by the Founding Fathers, precedent, and government officials throughout history. In Federalist No. 65 , Alexander Hamilton defined impeachable offenses as those that violate the public trust.

"A well-constituted court for the trial of impeachments is an object not more to be desired than difficult to be obtained in a government wholly elective. The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust."

Former President Gerald Ford's framing of impeachable conduct is how Congress has viewed "high Crimes and Misdemeanors," especially in modern history. Ford said: "An impeachable offence is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history."

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