How does impeachment work, and how might it impact America’s political landscape?

The U.S. Constitution defines impeachment as allowing Congress with its oversight responsibilities to remove a sitting president if Congress deems it necessary, because the president has violated certain laws or engaged in high crimes such as bribery or other crimes that Congress has the power to define.

Political science professor James Taylor from the University of San Francisco clarifies that the impeachment process is not a legal trial.

Only two U.S. presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

Richard Nixon resigned before he could be formally impeached — and now Donald Trump could be the third, if the House votes are enough.

The second stage is the senate trial where the House selects House managers

The Senate then acts as judge and jury.

Even if Johnson and Clinton were impeached, no president has ever been kicked out of the White House.

There is a difference between impeachment and actual removal from office.

The latest move from the White House to block the house impeachment inquiries puts things in a standstill.

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