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Impeachment of US President

  • 19 Dec 2019
  • 1 min read

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Donald Trump has become the third US President in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The trial will now start in the Senate.

  • The two prior impeachments were: Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1998).
  • The legislature of the United States of America i.e. Congress of the United States consists of two houses: the Senate, in which each state, regardless of its size, is represented by two senators, and the House of Representatives, to which members are elected on the basis of population.
  • The US Constitution states that the President can be removed for conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanour".
    • In India, the President can be removed only for ‘violation of the Constitution’ and the Constitution does not define the meaning of the phrase ‘violation of the Constitution’.

Source: ToI

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