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Which branch of government impeaches the President?   

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In the American system of government, Congress is responsible for impeaching a president. Article 1 of the Constitution authorizes the House of Representatives to bring charges against a sitting president. This is the equivalent of an indictment being brought in by a grand jury in a criminal case. As part of the two-step process of impeachment, the Senate conducts a trial against the president or government official. This stage in the impeachment process, like the first, also has its analogue with the criminal justice system. A president's trial before the Senate parallels that of a defendant before a judge and jury in a court of law.

At the first stage of impeachment, the House stage, a simple majority is required to take the process further. However, if the impeachment process reaches the Senate, a two-thirds majority is required before a president can formally be impeached.

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When the Constitution was being written, there was a big concern that the government or some of the people in the government would have too much power or would abuse the power they had. To deal with this possibility, the Founding Fathers made it possible to impeach a person such as the President if he broke laws or was accused of misconduct in office.

In our system, the legislative branch would handle the impeachment process. The House of Representatives would determine if there is enough evidence to impeach the President. If the House of Representatives impeaches the President, then the Senate would conduct the impeachment trial. In order to remove the President, two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict him.

There have only been two presidents that have been impeached. These presidents were Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither person was removed from office, although Andrew Johnson fell one vote short of conviction.

The legislative branch is responsible for the impeachment of a President.

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