How to impeach a president

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What we can learn from Reconstruction, Watergate, and the Clinton saga. 

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[2:31] CORRECTION: A previous version of this video misstated the year of Andrew Johnson's impeachment. He was impeached in 1868, not 1863.

The founding fathers included impeachment in the constitution so that Congress would have a way to remove leaders who had "rendered themselves obnoxious," in the words of Benjamin Franklin. But the way they set up the process, it's nearly impossible to remove a president from office without substantial support from the president's own party. That's what happened during Watergate: some congressional republicans protected Richard Nixon, but others demanded to know the extent of his involvement in a break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent cover-up. In the words of then-Senator Howard Baker, a Republican from Tennessee, "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" It was pressure from Republican leaders like Barry Goldwater that made Nixon resign before the House could vote on articles of impeachment-- Goldwater convinced Nixon that too many Republicans were willing to vote to remove him from office, he'd never survive a Senate vote. 

The opposite was true during the impeachment proceedings for Bill Clinton. After it became clear he lied during a deposition for a sexual assault suit brought by a former employee, Paula Jones, about his relationship with a different employee, Monica Lewinsky, Republicans in Congress argued the offense was serious enough to be impeachable. Democrats disagreed, and although the House voted to impeach Clinton on a party-line vote, not a single Democratic senator voted to remove him from office. If a President still has the support of a majority of his political party, history suggests the chances for impeaching and removing him from office are slim to none.

While legal scholars, activists, and some Democratic members of Congress have pushed for articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, it seems unlikely at this point that a substantial number of Republicans would break rank in the Senate to create a 2/3 majority in favor of removal from office. 


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Barry Dog
You made this because of THIS ELECTION, or did you just expect comments
wiibaron
A Democrat would never resign , or see himself out, to spare the country the worst. They would accuse the whole Government of being racist or homophobic or some-o-gentric and just out to get them. Classless would be a good word for it. And imagine any single Dem Senator voting to oust one of their own?
Heyy Now
If the founding fathers were alive today they would rebel against the Democratic party and execute all of them for treason
Bob Roberts
Obama should have been impeached - but imagine the hue and cry (RACISM!) that would have resulted.
キティキツネ123
9/11 views
frawding
Treason?
bisquitnspanky
"People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook." Every single American knows without doubt that Trump is a crook. His list of scams is quite long and in the public record. His history of scams and lies is easily verified by his own words over the decades, many times under oath in court, other times on the air live before the planet. So we know he's a crook. We know he's a liar. We know he's incompetent. Why is he still there? Do the American people prefer a crook? Apparently so.
Maddy Boop.
You notice a Guard
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You Yes!
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You have a choice
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Level Joe
Not exactly a timely video. Bill Clinton has been out of office for quite some time.
Nope
Gee, it's a weird time to be posting videos about impeachment of U.S. presidents isn't it? I mean, that couldn't be hinting at the current POTUS could it? Just a coincidence I suppose, then? I there was ever a question which party this channel aligns with, I swear...
RAMA
cough* butthurt cough*
RAMA
i wonder why you made a video on this






#specialsnowflake
CallMeMidget
I really don't care about politics. Just follow the law
MzFoRi3
Trump doesn't care if his party doesn't support him, in other words he'll get impeached.
Mark V
Trump 2020
Alex Arias
I hate that vox is making videos directed at trump
Christine Villa
So what happens when the president is impeached but not removed from the presidency? What difference does the impeachment make?
John Pcmac
#StopLyingToThe American people
Katy Tien
In order for trump to actually get kick out of office mostly all conservatives have to not support him which is very difficult if u look at it
Alastair Hewitt
"Taking money or gifts in exchange for a political favour." Okay great, so all of government. Let's shut it all down. Also, this is not to spew some anarcho-capitalist message but we need a complete overall of our leadership.
Giitanjali Chiya
Subtle rebellion.
Jared Caudill
Don't read below this post....OK fine, BUT I WARNED YOU! LOLOLOL
Raff Zh.
For trumptards, this video doesn't mention anything related to Trump, maybe except "high crime and serious misdemeanor".
Tina K-T
Trump is well on his way to being impeached. The only thing this guy cares about is lining the pockets of the one percent, not the people. At present he's turned the US into the biggest reality TV show of all time. Sad, very sad.
rejvaik
so pretty much the GOP and DNP will never successfully impeach a president, as was shown in all cases. Partisan polarization, pettyness, and grudge holding is very high today among lawmakers. A chance of a president losing support of their own party today is exceptionally low. So that really begs the question. Does the impeachment process work or does it need to be reformed? Serious debate material.
AUG Nuh
can't impeach him if he's #notyourpresident
Ride to hell Fanboy
let be honest this was made for trump our first truly impeachable president
Spencer Buchanan
Funny how since last November the whole of the Left is now fascinated with impeachment, presidential succession, revolutionary topics, and political upheaval. Anyone else sense a plan in the works?
Rashida Na
Sooooooo basically Trump won't ever get impeached.....and he'll never step down cuz his ego is too damn big.....greeaaaat. 😑😑
dat boi
cough trump coughcough
bluzshadez
This is a very timely topic.
Anil Palan
If lying under oath is a high crime, nearly every president is guilty. Period.
Cheap 'n Chic
OK so when is Trumps turn?
Gabriel Mesiaa
have you realized the top 3 comments all have the word hell.
Lost ll
It was very funny to watch Beyonce + Obama + Hollywood Fight against Trump and even then he won, alone, LOL The left is a joke
mpendulo tembe
Are we honestly saying that a video about how to impeach a president wasnt atleast insired by the current president? Like i dont like the man, being from South Afrcia and all, but sometimes watching Americans make situations that might be linked seem like a "coincidence" has always been weird to me
packmanstart
VOX used to be a really cool channel but it turned into a propaganda by providing a one-sided biased information. Join me and hit that Unsubscribe button to show that we do not want propaganda on youtube. Thank you.
SirRacha
I predict Trump will be the first impeached president...
Or assassinated. lol
Vyrkhan
So Trump is going to be the first...
Vincent Lee
Can Trump be impeached and executed?
Wild Scybat appeared!
Panicked aide: PRESIDENT TRUMP! AHHHHH!!!!TREASON IS HELPING AN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES!! AND BRIBERY IS THE EXCHANGE OF MONEY FOR POLITICAL FAVORS!!! YOU KNOW WE DID THAT!!!! WE DID ALL OF THAT! YOU SAID DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT!!! BUT YOU CANT GET AWAY WITH IT THE FIRST TIME BY SAYING YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULDN'T DO IT! THERES A PRESS CONFERENCE AND THEIR COMING TO CHARGE AND ARREST US DIRECTLY AFTER!

President Trump: Caaalm doown, everything is fantastic. We'll go to the Southern White House. Ready Trump Force One! We have everything we need now to awaken General Lee! The south will rise again...FROM THE DEEAAAD!!!!!




I also want all the rights to that if it's not already a thing, if that's something you can call on YouTube. 🤔 Civil War zombies are mine. I'll check to see if they're a thing but if they're not, can I please have the General Lee returns from the dead to help the right wing government rise up thing? That can't be a thing and I thought of it. I'd like the rights to that so it can be my thing.
Noajm Messy
Is this coincidence? because context hits trump & go all the way & come back hits trump's forehead and so on :P
Ben -G
2:28
well history will be made in America.
Chris
Try to impeach trump snowflakes, ya know I like pence too.
Ibrat911
we need this video now , thank u
Cory
Everyone's saying that everyone's saying that the video is about anti-Trump. I still have yet to find a comment like that...
A Grammar Nazi
The cancerous comments here are simply horrid. Trumpeters didn't even think for a second about South Korea. Sorry trumpeters, you're not special.
WhoozyOMO
Trump hasn't done anything that merits an impeachment.. yet
eymang66
JEB BUSH NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED FOR BEING A LOW ENERGY DISASTER
Cool potato
Trump should stay, USA being controlled by a shirtless bear-mounted guy is kinda fun
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