The Constitution: Impeachment In The US

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[pic] ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS EDITOR Rosalie Targonski DESIGNER Chloe D. Ellis PHOTO EDITOR Maggie Johnson Sliker CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kathleen E. Hug Carol Norton INTERNET DESIGN Barbara Long |CHAPTER 1 | |THE CONSTITUTION: AN ENDURING DOCUMENT | | | |"This provision is made in a Constitution intended to endure for ages to come and, consequently, to be adapted to the various | |crises…show more content…
| |Most commonly, the American people express their will through the ballot box. The Constitution, however, does make provision for | |the removal of a public official from office, in cases of extreme misconduct or malfeasance, by the process of impeachment. Article| |II, Section 4 reads: "The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on | |impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." | |Impeachment is a charge of misconduct brought against a government official by a legislative body; it does not, as is commonly | |thought, refer to conviction on such charges. As set forth in the Constitution, the House of Representatives must bring charges of | |misconduct by voting a bill of impeachment. The accused official is then tried in the Senate, with the chief justice of the Supreme| |Court presiding at the trial.
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