There are actually two forms of impeachment. The first is found in Article I Section 2 Clause 5: “The House of Representatives shall chuse their speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” The unrestricted Power of Impeachment placed in the House of Representatives means any federal government Officer or employee including the President of the United States, may be removed for any reason or no reason at all. The condition that the Chief Justice presides at any impeachment trial of the President of the United States is not a restriction of the power of impeachment. The restrictions on the second form of impeachment found in Article II Section 4 are limited to the identified Officers of the United States of America.
The House of Representatives may impeach the President of the United States of America, his Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States of America, however, it may only impeach the President of the United States of America, his Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States of America “for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
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