Thursday, September 01, 2005

Constitution And Impeachment

from MSM Refuses to Poll on Impeachment Submitted by Bob Fertik on August 31, 2005 - 1:13pm.Impeachment The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll was published today, and despite record-low approval ratings for Bush (45%), there was no question on impeachment. I sent the letter below to the authors of the survey - WP's Richard Morin and Dan Balz (, and ABC's Gary Langer ( I encourage everyone to write a polite letter of your own and to post any replies you receive. Gentlemen, I'm blogging on the reasons why no polling organizations have followed up on the June poll by Zogby which found "42% say they would favor impeachment proceedings if it is found the President misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq." When polls showed 26% of the people favored impeachment of Clinton, the House started the impeachment process.
From The President can be removed from office through the process of impeachment. If the House of Representatives feel that the President has committed acts of "Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors" they can impeach him with a majority vote. An impeachment is very similar to a legal indictment. It is not a conviction, however, and not enough to remove the President from office alone. The case then goes to the Senate. Overseen by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Senate reviews the case and votes whether or not to convict the President. If they vote in favor of conviction by a two-thirds margin, then the President is removed from office.

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