Impeachment Lesson Plans and Resources
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Impeachment Lesson Plans: Defining a Process
Impeachment is when a legislative body decided to charge a government official with a crime. It is very similar to an indictment in our criminal law system. The Constitution states that a president can be impeached for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." According to Article One of the United States Constitution, the House of Representatives has the right to impeach a president, and the Senate has the right to try impeachment cases and remove the president from office. The Senate's vote is final. Help your students understand the processes, ramifications and history of this legislative process in the United States in this curated collection of impeachment lesson plans. Explore a sample of what we offer below:
- Powers of Congress: Impeachment
- The Constitutional Convention: Balance of Powers
- The Powers of the President
Impeachment Lesson Plans and Understanding History
Historically, the United States House has only impeached two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither president was removed from office by the Senate, however. Learn more about the history of impeachment and how the process works below and here.
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