Has any US president ever been impeached? If so, why was he impeached?
Ever since Donald Trump has taken charge of the office, people have been talking about impeaching him.
For those of you who don’t know, impeachment is a tool to oust a sitting president from the power.
As per the Constitution of the United States, a president can be impeached if he has been found guilty of bribery, treason, misdemeanors, obstruction of justice, abuse of power and other major crimes.
In case you are wondering if any president has ever been impeached from the office then the answer would be yes and no.
Wondering what it means? Well, keep reading.
Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached for political reasons, simple as that.
Johnson wanted to carry out the “with malice toward none, with charity for all” Reconstruction policies that Abraham Lincoln had promised.
But a faction of Republicans in Congress who were called Radical Republicans wanted a punitive Reconstruction policy in order to ensure that the South would never rise again.
Their chance to get rid of Johnson occurred when he fired Secretary of War Edwin M.
Stanton, a Lincoln holdover, in defiance of the Tenure of Office Act, a law passed by Congress over his veto which required the president to obtain Senate approval before firing a Cabinet Secretary.
The House of Representatives immediately launched an impeachment hearing.
At trial he was acquitted by a margin of one vote.
Eventually the Supreme Court struck down the Tenure of Office Act as unconstitutional.
Clinton’s sin was to be a Democrat at a time when Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and Mitch McConnell were rising to leadership positions in Congress.
Clinton became president after Republicans had held the office for twelve years, and they couldn’t stomach a Democratic “usurper.
” Like Barack Obama, Clinton left office with much of his agenda incomplete and his judicial nominees unconfirmed because the Republicans were determined to never compromise or cooperate with a Democratic president.
Then Clinton lied under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, an issue irrelevant to independent counsel Ken Starr’s mandate to investigate Clinton’s involvement in the Whitewater real-estate deal.
Starr went there anyway, and that was all the pretext the Republicans needed to begin impeachment proceedings.
They failed to convict him because they realized too late that the American people were disgusted with flagrant adulterers like Gingrich hounding the president who at least tried to keep his own adultery secret.
2 Presidents have been impeached, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
Even though both were impeached they were not removed from office, and Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.
Johnson was impeached because he violated the Tenure of Office Act, by removing Stanton the Secretary of War.
The Senate was upset about this and voted to impeach Johnson.
Bill Clinton was impeached on the grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Lewinsky scandal.
Bill Clinton was later acquitted and the Senate did not reach a 2/3 majority required to charge him.
Yes two presidents have been impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors”:
Andrew Johnson (Dem), the 17th president, was impeached on February 24, 1868, three days after he dumped his secretary of war, a radical Republican named Edwin M.
He was accused of violating the Tenure of Office Act.
William Jefferson Clinton (Dem), the nation's 42nd president, was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998, for allegedly misleading a grand jury about his extramarital affair with Lewinsky in the White House, and then persuading others to lie about it, too.
Neither were convicted at trial before the Senate.
Bill Clinton was the 2nd president to be impeached.
His impeachment was initiated by the House of Representatives and led to a trial by the Senate on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
The President was acquitted of both charges and went on to serve-out his 2nd term.
Andrew Johnson, who “survived” by a single vote, was the 1st to be impeached.
Richard Nixon would have been the 2nd, were it not for the fact that he resigned before the House of Representatives could complete their impeachment process.
He was subsequently pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.
Impeachment is largely a political exercise, at least in modern politics.
Bill Clinton was impeached by the House, but not the Senate.
That means he stayed in office.
He committed perjury regarding a relatively minor dalliance with an intern, but the House was overwhelmingly Republican.
Andrew Johnson was impeached as well, for trying to undermine the reconstruction efforts after the Civil War.
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What worries me is that there will never again be a president who is not threatened by impeachment on some level.
The political climate is now us against them and whichever party is in the White House, the other in Congress, whether majority or not, will call for impeachment, probably from the first day.
Governing is becoming a scorecard and policies, regardless of need or effectiveness, are nothing more than W’s and L’s.
Obama will likely be the last president to value bipartisanship to the detriment of his own party.
He bent over backward to accommodate Republican ideas only to be rolled over and ground under.
George Washington was right.
We never should have allowed parties to form in the first place.
Two have been impeached.
Impeachment is an action by the House of Representatives.
Once a President is impeached, the action is moved to the Senate where it is approved by the Senate.
The two presidents are Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton.
I'm only familiar with the USA.
One US President, Bill Clinton, was impeached by the House of Representatives on the basis that he allegedly lied under oath to a Congressional hearing.
As per the US constitution, the Senate considered these charges and acquitted him.
Clinton therefore served out the rest of his elected term.
No US President has been impeached and convicted.
Richard Nixon resigned rather than face impeachment.
Andrew Johnson and William Clinton.
Being impeached is the same as being indicted.
If one is indicted for a breach of law he is given a trial at which he is found either convicted or not convicted.
In both instances, neither indicted person was convicted so they were not removed from office.
Impeachment is a very rare occurrence.
If it became more common than it would occur frequently (Party A harrassing Party B) and the business of government would be impeded and slowed down.
The major parties do not resort to it, because they know full well that two can play the game.
It's happened twice.
The first was and the second was .
While both were impeached, neither was removed from office.
Keep in mind that "impeachment" is an indictment of wrongdoing made by a vote of the House of Representatives ("congress").
It leads to the second step which is trial by the Senate under the guidance of the Chief Justice.
Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached, tried and not removed.
Nixon was on the edge of starting to be impeached when he resigned.
Presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and William Clinton
Impeached means indited to be tried by the U.
After the trials were over neither one was convicted and remained in office.
Thank-you to Charles O’Connor, Chuck Nissley and Rj Moore for the correction.
My only excuse is that it was past my bed time.
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Presidents …” but I didn’t remember Pres.
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Nixon, but I knew that he resigned before the House could act.
Mainly for political reasons, which explains why the Senate did not convict them.
Yes, both Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson were impeached by the house and later acquitted by the Senate.
Nixon would have been impeached but he resigned from office before the impeachment proceedings concluded.
The legislature moves to impeach a president to bring charges against them if they committed a crime.
It is the first step to remove a president from office.
There have been many reasons presidents are impeached.
When the public feels threatened by the president.
When the president commits a crime.
Wikipedia has extensive info on this.