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Wed Feb 5, 2020, 12:06 PM

Can a President be impeached for "gross misconduct"?

Yes, if the Congress can get 218 votes.

It's difficult to imagine 218 votes unless a President has done something very divisive or illegal.

The fact is that a President can be impeached for whatever reason the Congress determines. There does not have to be a criminal act.

By all standards, the impeachment of Donald J Trump was legitimate. He should be convicted, although we know that is not in the cards.

It rings hollow for Repubs to claim it was a "partisan" impeachment. After all, it takes two to tango. With the evidence that was presented in the trial, it was the cultish partisanship of Republicans that was too "partisan" to even look at the facts or to hear from witnesses.

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kentuck Feb 2020 OP
Laelth Feb 2020 #1

Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2020, 02:02 PM

1. Absolutely.

A President can be impeached for anything, whatsoever, that the House deems is impeachable. Then, the Senate can remove a President from office if it deems the conduct alleged worthy of removal. There is no "test," and the Constitution gives little guidance.

I will say this, however. In our 233 year history as a republic, no Senate has ever removed a President from office pursuant to Articles of Impeachment from the House. In that sense, Trump's "exoneration" is to be expected. Nothing, ultimately, will change today.


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