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Impeachment

The act of attempting to remove a public official from office. An impeachment does not necessarily result in removal, since another step is required before the official is forced to leave office. For example, in the United States, the House of Representatives may impeach the president by a majority vote. The case is then passed on for trial to the Senate, which may remove the president with a two-thirds vote.
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We support Conyers's effort, but we really want articles of impeachment introduced now," says Bob Fertik, president of ImpeachPAC, a political action committee dedicated to supporting Congressional candidates who favor impeaching Bush.
After much painful soul-searching, I've reached the conclusion that impeaching the president for repeatedly and willfully lying under oath is necessary to protect the rule of law, which is the foundation of our republic.
said he saw no problem with impeaching the commander in chief while the military is in action.
At the same time, it is difficult to develop a strategy that would allow lawmakers to vote to censure Clinton instead of impeaching him.
As staff lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee prepared three articles of impeachment against President Clinton, the White House said Friday it was ``aggressively listening'' to any member of Congress who wanted to talk about censuring the president rather than impeaching him.
Arlen Specter and Bill Thompson for recognizing that no good could possibly come from impeaching President Clinton.
This is the foundation for impeaching a president - evidence that experts find tainted and offends the common sense of the people?
John Conyers of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, also said Sunday that he does not believe false statements under oath are necessarily cause for impeaching a president.
It's certainly the case that impeaching a judge and impeaching a president has two different standards,'' said Rep.