To convict an accused, "the concurrence of two thirds of the [senators] present" for at least one article is required. If there is no single charge commanding a "guilty" vote from two-thirds of the senators present, the defendant is acquitted and no punishment is imposed.
What is the basic process for impeachment?
The impeachment process
- The House of Representatives brings articles (charges) of impeachment against an official.
- If the House adopts the articles by a simple majority vote, the official has been impeached.
- The Senate holds an impeachment trial.
- If found guilty, the official is removed from office.
How many impeachments total?
Three presidents have been impeached, although none were convicted: Andrew Johnson was in 1868, Bill Clinton was in 1998, and Donald Trump twice, in 2019 and 2021.
Can an impeachment be reversed?
There's nothing to expunge from and there's no legal authority for an expungement. There's no provision in the Constitution for undoing an impeachment. There's also no legal effect of an impeachment that doesn't result in a conviction, so there's nothing for the House to cancel.
What are the four legal reasons for impeachment?
Article II, Section 4: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
What is the percentage of Impeachment?
The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict, and the penalty for an impeached official upon conviction is removal from office.