WASHINGTON — Some Democrats are calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached following several controversial decisions, including the firing of FBI director James Comey and the sharing of classified information with Russia.
There are three offenses listed in the Constitution for which a president can be impeached: treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors.
Articles of impeachment are first reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee, to determine if there are grounds for removal.
The House of Representatives then puts the motion for impeachment to a vote. If the majority are in favor, the president is impeached, and the process moves to the Senate.
A trial is held, after which the Senate votes for conviction or acquittal. If two-thirds vote to convict, the president is relieved of his position, and can be barred from ever holding office.
Historically, no president has ever been removed from office. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both impeached but not convicted, and so kept their positions.