In the United States, impeachment refers to the process through which a public official can be investigated and potentially removed from office. It may also result in a prohibition from holding future public office. The US Constitution stipulates that "the President, the Vice President, and all civil officers" of the federal government may be subject to impeachment and removal if suspected of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." The Founders included the language "high crimes and misdemeanors" to refer to activities or behaviors committed by a public official that do harm to the state, regardless of whether law enforcement has recognized the behavior as criminal or brought charges.
The power to impeach federal officials lies solely with Congress....Read more