Impeachment may occur if a federal official commits a crime or otherwise acts improperly. If this action takes place then the House of Representatives may act to impeach that official. The individual may be removed from office if convicted in a Senate impeachment trial. Under Article I, the House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment and the Senate has to sole power to try all impeachments. Impeachment is part of the system of checks and balances through the Executive and Judicial branches of government.
1970’s Politics -Richard Nixon • president from 1969-1974 • resigned in 1974 because of the Watergate Scandal. • was responsible for the US's withdraw from Vietnam. • 1972, on June 19th, an announcement was made that the FBI would start investigating the Watergate break in. • January 5, 1972, President Nixon announced plans for the space shuttle program. Gerald Ford • -was in office from 1974-1977 and took over for Richard Nixon • -became the first President to not be elected.
128. Legislative powers of the president - propose legislation to the Congress, to sign legislation presented to him by Congress, or to veto such legislation. 129. President’s judicial powers – To appoint federal court judges, to pardon people convicted of federal crimes, to reduce a person's jail sentence or fine. 130.
Liddy, head of CREEP (Olson). This seemed to be working for a long period of time, until the tapes and the decision to cover up the investigation was revealed by one of Nixon’s trustees (Watergate). This went to the Supreme Court where Judge Sirica directed President Nixon to let him listen to the tapes (Watergate). Nixon refused the order, and stated that a president was untouchable from judicial orders and enforcing subpoenas under the concept of executive privilege, he could only decide what decision should be made (Watergate). In the end, Nixon decided to give Judge Sirica the tapes, but afterwards more suspicions grew because he had released edited transcripts (Watergate).
“The Bush administration’s embrace of torture and secret detentions has led our country down a dark hallway,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), who sponsored legislation to restrict CIA interrogations, including banning the CIA from using contractors to question detainees. Indeed, CIA Director Panetta announced such a ban in 2009. Another change proposed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama was the requirement of prompt notification of the International Committee of the Red Cross when a new prisoner enters CIA custody, and the granting of Red Cross access to that detainee. Obama also issued an executive order banning coercive interrogation practices, including waterboarding. President George W. Bush has previously vetoed a Congressional bill that sought to limit CIA interrogators to a shortlist of Army-approved tactics.
With this system, the judicial branch, the Supreme Court, can check Congress by declaring laws unconstitutional. The executive branch, the president, can check Congress by vetoing bills they have passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The president checks the judicial branch by appointing Federal judges, but the Senate must agree with a majority vote for it to go through. Congress can check both the president and members of the Court with its power of impeachment. Officials could be impeached by Congress for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Mrs. Ellen does not abuse her governmental power because she sticks with Dave and trusts him that he will not abuse his governmental power while he is the temporary president of the United States. During the movie they hide Bill Mitchell in the white house basement because they feel like it is the best decision if the United States people do not know how major his stroke is. This is misusing their governmental power because the government should have told the United States people about his incident. The movie criticizes the importance of governmental power by underestimating the importance of government. The people in the movie did not take being part of the government very seriously and that is why all of this mishap happened to begin with.
The President ▪ Checks Congress by vetoing bills it has passed ▪ Checks federal courts by nominating judges 3. The Courts ▪ Checks Congress by declaring a law unconstitutional ▪ Checks president by declaring actions by him or his subordinates to be unconstitutional or not authorized by law The Differing Views of Power 1. States ▪ Could not make treaties with foreign nations, coin $, issue paper currency, grant titles of nobility, pass a bill of attainder or an ex post facto law, or without the consent of Congress, levy an taxes on imports or exports, keep troops and ships in time of peace, or enter into an agreement with another state or with foreign power. ▪ “Full faith and credit” will be given to each state to deal with the laws, records, and court decisions of other
Lastly appointment judges is that the president choses judges from his following appointment lists. One power the president can control is veto laws. Veto laws is something the president has to do to delay a bill from becoming the law. This is a really important power because the president has to think wisely if he wants to pass a law. It doesn’t just go straight to the president there are stages
Executive orders allow presidents to make policy without the approval of Congress. President Truman used an executive order to put an end to segregation in the military. Ronald Reagan used an executive order to stop federal funding to groups providing abortion counseling. President Bill Clinton rescinded this order when he was elected. President George W. Bush immediately reversed Clinton's orders on the issue when he was elected (p. 262).