Somebody may want to give New York Daily News writer Shaun King a copy of the U.S. Constitution. On Monday, he asked on Twitter if U.S. citizens could vote to remove President Trump from office.
Apparently, he said he is serious about the question.
1. Could the people of the United States somehow hold a vote now, or in the next year, to oust Donald Trump? Like a recall of some sort.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 6, 2017
Sorry, but the answer is no.
In Article II Section IV of the U.S. Constitution, it explains the consequences of an impeachment conviction.
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.
And The Heritage Foundation explains the process of impeachment in both houses of Congress.
As finally agreed, a majority vote of the House of Representatives is required to bring impeachment charges (Article I, Section 2, Clause 5), which are then tried before the Senate (Article I, Section 3, Clause 6). Two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict before an official can be removed. The President may not pardon a person who has been impeached (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1). If an official is impeached by the House and convicted by the requisite vote in the Senate, then Article I, Section 3, Clause 7, provides that the person convicted is further barred from any “Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States.”
So there you have it. Congress deals with ousting a president, not 320 million U.S. citizens.
King might be disappointed when he finds out about this.
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