Impeachment is meaningless. It is just like being heavily censured on the public record, but it has no direct corollary of removal from office.
What is impeachment?
* a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body formally levels charges against a high official of government. Impeachment does not necessarily
mean removal from office; it comprises only a formal statement of charges, akin to an indictment in criminal law, and thus is only the first step
towards possible removal. Once an individual is impeached, he or she must then face the possibility of conviction via legislative vote, which then
entails the removal of the individual from office.
(1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House
of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
A formal accusation issued by a legislature against a public official charged with crime or other serious misconduct.
The act of accusing a public official of misconduct in office by presenting formal charges against him or her by the lower house, with a trial to be
held before the upper house.
formal charges of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" brought against the President, the Vice President, a Supreme Court
justice, or any executive and judicial official. Members of Congress and military officers are not subject to impeachment. The House Judiciary
Committee investigates the situation and makes a recommendation to the rest of the House on whether the official should be impeached. The rest of the
House votes on the issue and, if the official is impeached, the Senate tries the case. If the official is convicted, he or she is removed from office.
Since the ratification of the
The bringing of charges against an official of the Government that question his or her right or qualifications to hold office. Maladministration or
misconduct while in office is usually the basis of the charges. Impeachment charges are made by the House of Representatives. The trial of an
impeached officer is conducted before the Senate. The Chief Justice of the United States presides when the President of the United States is being
Impeachment generally means to bring charges against a public official for misbehavior in office. The House of Representatives impeached President
Johnson in 1867 for violating the Tenure of Office Act, but a Senate trial failed to convict him of the impeachment charges.
During a trial, the process of trying to undermine the testimony of a witness. This is sometimes called "impeaching the testimony of a witness." For
example, a witness credibility may be called into question by showing they are biased, inaccurate, unreliable, dishonest, or incorrect in some
A technique used during cross-examination to discredit a witness's testimony. Impeachment can be accomplished in a number of ways: by demonstrating
and emphasizing the difference between the witness's testimony at trial and a prior statement, showing bias, showing erroneous assumptions made by
the witness in drawing conclusions, etc. The intent of impeachment is to show the jury that the witness cannot be believed.
An impeachment is a formal charge of treason or criminality raised against an elected federal official. Only the House may bring an impeachment, and
only the Senate may try and convict the accused. Conviction requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate and results in removal of the accused from
the formal process of accusing a president of serious wrong-doing that would merit removal from office. Many people think impeachment means
"conviction." It does not. After the House of Representatives votes for impeachment, a trial is held by the Senate. President Andrew Johnson was
impeached and tried in 1868, but not convicted.
To charge an official before a hearing panel with misconduct in office, which could result in removal from office.
a special defence accusing another named person of committing the crime charged
An accusation made by a legislature, or part of legislature, against an executive or judicial officer. The Impeachment is only the accusation and does
not indicate guilt, which is determined at a trial in the other part of the legislature.
Power of Congress to remove a public official, such as president, vice president, federal judge, and other federal officers from office, usually by
proving that he/she committed illegal acts while acting for public duty, did not tell the truth, or misrepresented the truth. For instance, an
infamous case in this country concerns the former President Richard Nixon. He resigned in 1974 rather than face impeachment for his involvement in the
Watergate affair, in which he was accused of obstructing the investigation and lying to Congress about his participation.
And on topic...
On the topic of Syria, which many pro-war Bush sycophants have set up as a recipient of WMD stockpiles (sometimes explaining that the weapons were
shipped out under the noses of the US military after Iraq occupation)...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S.-led group that scoured Iraq for weapons of mass destruction has found no evidence Iraq hid such weapons in Syria before
the U.S. invasion in March 2003, according to a final report on the investigation.
The 1,700-member Iraq Survey Team, responsible for the weapons hunt, also said in a report released late on Monday it found no Iraqi officials with
direct knowledge of a transfer of weapons of mass destruction developed by former President Saddam Hussein.
President Bush and other U.S. officials cited a grave threat posed by Iraq's chemical and biological weapons and Baghdad's efforts to acquire a
nuclear arms capability as a justification for war. No such weapons were found but U.S. officials said it was possible Saddam sent them to Syria for
The new report posted on the CIA Web site said: "Based on evidence available ... it is unlikely that an official transfer of WMD material from Iraq
to Syria took place. However ISG was unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials."
It said investigators "found no senior policy, program or intelligence officials who admitted any direct knowledge of such movement of WMD."
"Indeed, they uniformly denied any knowledge of residual WMD that have been secreted to Syria," the report said.
Yes, Bush is fit for impeachment and a lot more.
[edit on 26-4-2005 by MaskedAvatar]