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  • 1.  
  • 2. Impeachment, Conviction, and Succession
  • 3. What is Impeachment? <ul><li>To formally accuse a federal official (judge, president, vice-president) of a crime </li></ul>
  • 4. The Process Begins The House of Representatives investigates to find if an impeachable crime has occurred
  • 5. Article 2, Section 4: Impeachable Offenses High crimes and misdemeanors Examples--Treason, Abuse of Power, Perjury, Witness/Evidence Tampering
  • 6. Vote needed to impeach? Answer: Majority
  • 7. Why is it easy to impeach a President from the opposite political party?
  • 8. Two Options Not enough evidence Enough Evidence
  • 9. Charges are brought and the Case Heads to the Senate for the Trial
  • 10. The Trial <ul><li>To determine guilt and innocence </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment: Removal from office </li></ul>
  • 11. Checks and Balance Supreme Court Chief Justice presides over the trial Chief Justice William Rehnquist presided over the Clinton Trial
  • 12. The Process <ul><li>Similar to a criminal trial </li></ul><ul><li>Lawyers argue sides/ present evidence/call witnesses </li></ul><ul><li>Senate is the Jury </li></ul>Conviction requires a 2/3 vote
  • 13. Case Studies: Close Calls <ul><li>Andrew Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Clinton </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Nixon- Break down of the system??? </li></ul>
  • 14. Quick Review Who Impeaches? Who determines guilt/innocence? Who acts as the judge? Vote needed to impeach? Vote needed to convict? Has a president ever been impeached? Has a president ever been convicted?
  • 15. Presidential Succession Laws: 25th Amendment and Presidential Succession Act of 1947
  • 16. If the President should die, be impeached, or resign while in office...
  • 17. If the Vice-President should die, be impeached, or resign while in office...
  • 18. Presidential Succession: If the President and Vice President should die, be impeached, or resign while in office... Chester Arthur Calvin Coolidge Millard Fillmore Gerald Ford * Andrew Johnson Lyndon Johnson Theodore Roosevelt Harry Truman John Tyler
  • 19. If Convicted Punishment-Removal from office
  • 20. Charges are Dropped
  • 21. If Not Convicted Continue to be President

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