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There has never been a President of the United States that has been removed from office However there have been Presidents that have been impeached Impeachment is when Congress and the Supreme Court exercise what the Constitution calls Checks and Balances Contrary to popular belief impeachment does not necessarily result in removal from office Impeachment means that the Legislature has the legal right to investigate expose and remedy crimes committed by a politician or the President of the United States of America In a nutshell impeachment can be explained in seven steps First the House Judiciary Committee deliberates over whether to initiate an impeachment inquiry Then The Judiciary Committee adopts a resolution seeking authority from the entire House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry Before voting the House debates and considers the resolution Approval requires a majority vote Thirdly the Judiciary Committee conducts an impeachment inquiry where articles of impeachment are prepared which must be approved by a majority vote of the Committee Next The House of Representatives considers and debates the articles of impeachment and decides by a majority vote if the President shall be brought to trial and actually impeached After it is decided that the President will actually be impeached the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides over the Presidents trial in the Senate Following the conclusion of the trial the Senate votes on whether or not the President shall be removed from office A two-thirds vote is required to replace the President Finally if the President is in fact removed the Vice President will take over as head of the Executive Branch If the President is not removed he will return to his job in office In Andrew Johnsons time he was the only president to be impeached He was tried according to the rules of the US Senate and beat the rap by a single vote Johnson had many impossible tasks upon him while in the Presidency
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