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No president of the United States has ever
been removed from office by impeachment. But, it’s hard to watch the news these days
without hearing the word. So, what does it actually take to impeach
a president? First, a member of the House of Representatives
brings a resolution of impeachment, and that happens from time to time. Not a big deal in and of itself. Number 2, the House Judiciary Committee would
have to produce a majority vote to advance that impeachment resolution to the full House. Third, the full House would have to have a
majority vote for the impeachment resolution. Fourth and finally, the Senate would sit as
a jury judging the president and the impeachment resolution; and a majority of two-thirds of
the Senate would have to vote to convict the president of bribery or treason or “high crimes
and misdemeanors.” And if you’re wondering what that last phrase
really meant in the Constitution, don’t feel lonely. People have been debating it for more than
two centuries. The first attempt at impeachment involved President John
Tyler in the 1840s. It didn’t get very far, basically because the midterm elections of 1842 switched party control in the US House, and Tyler left office after just one term. A far more serious impeachment effort was
mounted against President Andrew Johnson in 1868, when he fired his secretary of war,
Edwin Stanton. Congress stood with Stanton, mostly because the members of Congress just didn’t like Andrew Johnson very much, regarding him as too sympathetic
to the former Confederate states. Johnson was in fact impeached in the House, but he was not convicted in the Senate by one vote. For a full century thereafter, impeachment
seemed like something of a relic. But all that changed in 1973. Despite having won a 49-state landslide re-election
the year before, Richard Nixon found himself embroiled in a scandal over a break-in at
the Democratic Party’s national headquarters during that re-election year. A Democratic majority in the House was prepared
to impeach him with help from some Republicans. In the Senate, the sentiment against Nixon
was even more bipartisan than it had been in the House. At the same time, Nixon’s approval ratings
were plummeting and the president eventually felt it necessary to simply resign his office
before the impeachment process could be completed in August of 1974. Two dozen years later, Democratic President
Bill Clinton was impeached by a Republican majority House, in the case of a White House
intern named Monica Lewinsky with whom he had been having an affair. Bill Clinton was charged by the House with
perjury and obstruction of justice. Clinton’s case then moved to the Senate, but
unlike the background for Nixon’s impeachment process, Bill Clinton’s approval ratings were
actually rising during that fall of 1998. And in the midterm election of that November,
Republicans did remarkably poorly. So much so that Clinton’s nemesis, Republican
Newt Gingrich, was forced out as speaker of the House. “For me to stay in the House would make it
impossible for a new leader to have a chance to grow, to learn and to do what they need
to do.” They completed the impeachment process nonetheless
in that body, but in the Senate, nowhere near two-thirds of the senators were willing to
vote to convict. So Bill Clinton finished out his second term
in office. Some Democrats today have taken a lesson from
that rather surprising turn of events. As much as those Democrats might welcome the
work of Robert Mueller, the special counsel, they are concerned it might cost them politically
in 2018 and 2020. Especially if the public decides that President
Trump is being persecuted. Thus we hear the president frequently referring
to the Mueller investigation as “witch hunt.” “Witch hunt.” “Witch hunt.” “Witch hunt.” “The entire thing has been a witch hunt.” And of course no president has ever been impeached
by a House controlled by his party, much less convicted in the Senate. That’s why some Democrats would like to soft-pedal
all this talk about impeachment, at least until 2019, when and if they might have a
majority in the House that could begin proceedings in the Judiciary Committee — if there were
evidence of crimes having been committed. Of course, some Republicans also see the prospect
of impeachment proceedings as a wonderful motivational tool for their own voters. They see saving the Trump presidency as the
best way to keep Republicans turning out at the polls. And I’m Ron Elving at NPR. Thanks for coming to my office hours.

100 Comments

  • Endeavor Trikes

    Vote out the crooked and corrupt republicans then wait until 2020 when trump gets ousted by the largest landslide in history. Once that is done prosecute him as a traitor and jail or exterminate – jail would be best so he suffers till he is gone naturally.

  • Doc Benson

    NPR is funded in whole or part by the American Government.

    ( If you are going to word it that way for RT, you should word it that way for NPR.)

  • CREATUREofLEISURE

    trump gawn be stockin tha markets and filling ma mailbox wif money…yee haa! he gawn be crushing the gay tax payin commie moslems too.

  • Ronnie Mackie

    When obama won and what policies he push open my eyes to how immoral the Democrats party is if they get back in control lord have mercy on the USA because it will be destroy because it will become so wicked that the sins will teach the heavens if it already haven't sodom and gomorah

  • J-Gnome at Home

    Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998. May want to restate that comment! Only 2 presidents impeached. Clinton and Andrew Johnson. While Nixon resigned, before being impeached.

    https://youtu.be/wxOp0yIyISc

  • Andre Cummings

    Why didn’t you impeach Obama when he was in office? Why didn’t you ARREST Hillary Clinton ? Why didn’t you impeach and arrest Bill Clinton when he was in office selling OUR uranium and using the Clinton foundation fraudulent activities? You know why you didn’t because you all are on the same side to have a NEW WORLD ORDER!!! You all are destroying America because you cannot have a NWO while the strongest country in the world is ran by the constitution ( it gives the PEOPLE the power). All of you are attacking President Trump because his goal is to make America Strong and Productive again. Trump is for the conservatives and that delays your plans for a NEW WORLD ORDER. So no I DO NOT agree with Impeaching Trump. The anti-Christ will be the leader of the NWO but the book of Revelation tells us that he will be defeated and thrown in the LAKE OF FIRE , to JESUS CHRIST BE THE GLORY!!!! Obey Acts 2:38

  • tom Dobyns

    Muller's trial should start soon. If found guilty of sedition, i want to watch his execution on CNN and MSNBC. I want him to be an example to those that wish to overthrow our government. I want the behind the scene irresponsible wealthy to be tried, and if found guilty, executed also. This is not about power, control, and influence. It's about the rule of law, and about the law being the same for all. This is about equality and opportunity.

  • 3DManShadowland

    I do believe that impeachment processes would be political suicide for any member of congress searching to get rid of Trump. Nevertheless, I couldn't see it ever getting passed the Senate and if the congress was so corrupt as to shenanigan him out of office, there would be an uprising like they haven't seen before, even after, he was pardoned by the VP, they would call for him to be reinstated. Democrats and Liberals would not be safe to let their political affiliations be known for at least two or three years. Awe yes, the conservatives have been quite, we don't start trouble with the libs/democrats, but we are not going to allow our candidate to be railroaded.

  • Bill Kerrell

    Pelosi and the CIA are determined to eliminate President Trump and become President and re-establish Hillary as President..The Horrible part of that is ..remember Hillary's and the Democrats plan for our country Hillary was to finish the last 8 years of the destruction of America.. She (Pelosi) is now 3rd in line as speaker of the house) We are truly at war for our survival. The New World Order is NOT going down without a fight… ,,Remember the U.N.'s Agenda 21 …That is serious, it isn't a comic book. Obama did not purchase 30,000 Guillotines for ornaments and 16,000 new extra blades just for the hell of it …..What do people think 800 FEMA camps throughout the United States are for ? …What did Obama purchase 1.7 BILLION rounds of hollow point ammunition for …?? Why does Bill Gates tour and give conferences on why the world population should be cut down by 90% Think about that , Listen and pay attention to what he says …He is very serious about what he is telling you . The disabled, mentally and physically ill and elderly will probably be the first to go …!! (Agenda 21) My friends this is NOT a Joke it is serious and …. We are at WAR …Please for the sake of your children and those who coming after us, Wake up and pay attention .. Research..read, here are a few subjects, ..U.N. Agenda 21 … SES….SERCO …MK-Ultra Origination of the CIA.. I am older 85 now and don't have many years left anyway. If you don't wake-up from the educational ‘Dummying Down’ and brainwashing of our educational system, started to be really determined by our bogus and infiltrated Dept. Of Education in 1970 and the NWO 'mocking bird’ news media, you and especially your children may not either …In my 85 years, President Trump is one of the best Presidents this country has ever had. This is a 'business Man' NOT a politician who speaks TO the people, NOT AT them and he loves this country…Protect yourself and your family. Trust in President Trump and the Alliance .But PLEASE wake up and be aware ….ALL commercial News Media is owned and controlled by Bilderberg do not allow your mind to be controlled and be fooled by their propaganda…. JUST THINK ABOUT IT …!!!! There is now the RUMOR of “the Kill Switch” If President Trump continues the arrests of the Deep State ..They, ‘the deep state' will attack the United States with Biological weapons. They intend to kill as many people as possible and blame it on President Trump because he would not listen to them and meet their demands to resign ….It is a rumor, but serious and needs to be checked out to see if it is true, we put nothing past these evil people…They can’t buy off President Trump so they feel they have to kill him ….so that Pelosi can become the President … Research the 16 year plan to destroy the UNITED STATES .. Note: that these accusations can all be confirmed on search engine Bing

  • Bluesdawg

    Since the Democrats are no longer the Democratic party and have now become the Socialist party they have cut their own balls off. LOL You will get your asses handed to you in 2020. We the people will remember everyone involved in this attempted coup. You will pay and you will pay big. US Army Veteran against Socialism

  • Orvin Thompson

    We the people have had enough of this crap. Kick them all out! Pelosi, Cotez, Tlaib, and Omar must go or real Americans will start to take action into their own hands. i know I consider it everyday.

  • OLD Beer Buzzard

    ONE NATION UNDER GOD, VS, one little demon nation under Satan, the demented Servants or We the people, You choose your creeds and pledges, SO HELP YOU GOD

  • marie renfro

    The house didn't vote trump in. We the people did. We didn't ask for their opinion and we don't care if they hate him. How do the democrats think we feel about them? Does that count? Impeach them ! ! !

  • Noela Mendoza

    Why are Demoncrats are doing this ? Impeach the President just because of Insurance ? Or they're in PANIC mode way to GITMO.

  • Coffy Mix

    Talks of impeachment surface from the far left democrats as soon as president Trump took office,they didn't know for what reason or why him,then they  wanted to impeach anyone associated or picked by him, for almost 3 years they been investigating and now some of his biggest accusers calling for impeachment,are beginning to backpaddle and say he's not worth the effort,which to me means they've found nothing on him that's grounds for impeachment.

  • Alden Richards

    impeach all demonsrats they are evil they are our enemies and destroyer to our nation and our society we vote to impeach all demonsrat we need our voice we have a power to impeach them stupid politics

  • Da Truth

    To try to impeach our PRESIDENT would be nothing short of Impeachment of the CITIZEN'S OF AMERICA! I would be rethinking such amove, it would be nothing less than a DECLARATION OF WAR. against the AMERICA ! CHEW ON DAT !

  • John Hanks

    Impeachment to reduce damage.  Voted out, all of them,l 2020.  Trump should not be made a martyr for his fanatical base.  Pelosi is smart.

  • tri hoa tn

    No one is better than Mr. Trump President !!! Then to impreach him is stupid and nonsense for who plan to do this. ,!!

  • Mylan Miller

    trump won't be removed from power he will be re elected in 2020 the democrats are in worse shape now than when Hillary got her but kicked! Trump has results to prove he is good for America only fools would vote for the Angry Democrats!

  • John Munro

    Odd how obamaer needed daily in the 8 years he was in office for treason by Congress was incompetent to do any thing.

  • Big E

    Thanks for the video! Forgot about Tyler. The Trump impeachment is silly because it is now evident that it was a fabrication. Anyone who steps back slightly can see it.

  • Linda Keaton

    President Trump is doing a great job at fixing this broken down country. I appreciate all his hard work and diligence. May God bless him and his family.

  • demonqueen26

    It was a mistake for Trump to run let alone be voted in. I was determined to hear him out but as soon as he made fun of the disabled, started screaming fake news even when we had seen him saying and doing things on live coverage, his cruel comments about other runners family wives, his misogyny and mistreatment of women, and so many other things he did and said, during his campaign and after, I refused to even think about voting for him. I will never vote for a person who thinks mocking a disabled person, reporter or not, is funny. I will never vote for a person that says what he did. His actions and those of his party has made not only myself but dozens of others that i know turn away from the Republican party for good. What was once a party for the conservative Christians is now just pure evil.

  • Nice Guy Eddie

    By all means, I hope the Democrats begin impeachment of Donald Trump. It will assure his re-election and result in the Democraps losing the House.

  • Bernard Martinez

    "TALK IS IMPEACHMENT IS JOKE AND IS DEAD IN THE WATER WITHOUT THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE GOP SENATE" Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!!!

  • Keith Rempp

    If the Democrats work on something besides going after Trump all the time they may get something done that will be helpful for all the citizens, maybe……. Immigration, US citizens living on the street you get the idea.

  • Whiskey And Mojo

    All these stupid ads popping up about this. You can’t even leave a comment on how stupid they are because they’ve disabled the ability to do so. Complete morons!! Trump2020

  • Lolita Nelson

    HOW IN THE HELL CAN SAY IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT. WHEN HILLARY HAD ALL KINDS OF CRIMES SHE COMMITTED AND THEY LET HER CRIMINAL ASS RUN BUT THANK GOD SHE DIDN'T WIN. WE WAS SAFED BY GRACE. HILLARY WASN'T INDICTED FOR HER CRIMES AND FACTS WAS PROVEN SHE WAS NEGLIGENT HAVING A GOVERNMENT SERVER IN HOME DOING TREASON SELLING TOP SECRECT SENTIVE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO PAY HER THROUGH HER CROOKED FOUNDATION. THAT WOULD BE DOUBLE STANDARD TRYING TO IMPEACH OUR PRESIDENT AND MADE UP CRIMES. HILLARY CRIMES WAS WELL KNOW TO BE FACTS AND PULSE DESTROYING EVIDENCE AND REFUSE TO TURN OVER THE GOVERNMENT SERVER. I BE DAM ABOUT ALL THIS INJUSTICE WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND BEING ABOVE THE LAW.

  • Robert Coleman

    Very Good Ron, you are the man on Impeachment, the best expiation to date thanks NPR. Ton's a good man. honest and to the point.

  • dirigoelectric

    Whenever I hear people whining about Trump, and carrying on like a child, I always ask 1 question:
    Please tell me 1 thing about your life that is worse today than 3 years ago that has anything to do with the president. So far, I’ve never gotten an intelligent answer. It’s always he’s a racist. He hates women, etc. but not one factual claim of anything that has actually made their life worse

  • Lee Francis

    They are no reason to.inpeach the President Trump, he's a great President. Can't impeach anyone for dislike or Jealously.lol

  • Jay2pay

    Al Green needs to be impeached how many more sexual harassment cases do we need to pay because of his sick actions. Where is the Me2 movement. Green needs to get back to doing real work. Trump will not be impeached guaranteed.

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