WASHINGTON (TND) — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last week announced an impeachment inquiry into President Biden over whether he benefitted from his son’s overseas business deals.
There are a few things that would need to happen before a president is removed from office.
The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power of impeachment and gives the Senate the power to try impeachments. According to the Constitution, the House of Representatives can bring to the floor articles of impeachment against the president, which are just chargers or wrongdoings.
Per Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution: 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.
If a simple majority votes for the articles, the president would be impeached.
If the articles pass the House, they go to the Senate, which would consider evidence, hear witnesses and vote to acquit or convict the president.
A committee of representatives called managers act as prosecutors before the Senate. For presidential impeachment trials, the U.S. Chief of Justice presides.
The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote to convict and remove the president from office.
Historically, many presidents have had run-ins with impeachment.
In fact, every president since 1981 – except for Obama – had formal impeachment resolutions filed against them.
However, no full House vote was held for any of them.
Richard Nixon also faced an impeachment inquiry but resigned before the House vote.
No U.S. president has been convicted and removed from office.