Impeached presidents – list and bios electricity hero names

There are only two impeached presidents in United States history, meaning only two presidents have been charged by the House of Representatives with committing "high crimes and misdemeanors." Neither of the two impeached presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, were convicted by the Senate. In fact, there has never been a president removed from office using the impeachment process.

There is only one other mechanism set forth in the U.S. Constitution, aside from conviction on impeachment charges, that allows for the removal of a failing president. It is the 25th Amendment, which contains provisions for the forceful removal of a president who has become physically unable to serve. Like the impeachment process, the 25th Amendment has never been used to remove a president from office. Impeachment Is Serious Business and Rarely Invoked

The forceful removal of a president is not a topic that is taken lightly among voters and members of Congress, though the highly partisan atmosphere has made it more common for staunch opponents of a president to circulate rumors about impeachment.

In fact, the three most recent presidents each endured suggestions from certain members of Congress they should be impeached: George W. Bush for his handling of the Iraq War; Barack Obama for his administration’s handling of Benghazi and other scandals; and Donald Trump, whose erratic behavior grew into a major concern among some members of Congress during his first term.

Still, serious discussions of impeaching a president have occurred rarely in our nation’s history because of the damage they can cause to the republic. And most Americans alive today can name only one of our two impeached presidents, William Jefferson Clinton, because of the salacious nature of the Monica Lewinsky affair and because of how quickly and thoroughly the details spread across the World Wide Web as it became commercially accessible for the first time.

But the first impeachment came more than a century earlier, as our political leaders were trying to pull the nation together after the Civil War, long before Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in 1998. List of Impeached Presidents

Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, was accused of violating the Tenure of Office Act, among other crimes. The 1867 law required Senate approval before a president could remove any member of his cabinet who had been confirmed by the upper chamber of Congress.

The House voted to impeach Johnson on February 24, 1868, three days after he dumped his secretary of war, a radical Republican named Edwin M. Stanton. Johnson’s move followed repeated clashes with the Republican Congress over how to treat the South during the reconstruction process. The radical Republicans viewed Johnson as being too sympathetic to former slaveholders; they were outraged that he voted their legislation protecting the rights freed slaves.

The Senate, however, failed to convict Johnson, even though Republicans held more than two-thirds of the seats in the upper chamber. The acquittal did not suggest the senators were in support of the president’s policies; instead, "a sufficient minority wished to protect the office of president and preserve the constitutional balance of powers."