Impeachment has been used as a weapon in political battles, but the president sometimes commits actions that are worthy of impeachment.
The House Judiciary Committee had passed the resolution and there were enough votes in the Senate to convict Nixon if he had not resigned.
There was clear evidence in the form of conversations taped by the president himself that Nixon was involved in the cover-up of the Watergate break-in.
Reagan's legacy was damaged by the Iran-contra scandal, but he claimed he didn't know about it.
The president pardoned six of the fourteen people indicted in the incident.
The indictments of Trump's associates suggest that he is getting closer to them, but we won't know if that's true until the report is released.
It's possible that Trump's supporters won't turn on him even if he's found guilty, which would make it difficult for Republicans to support an impeachment.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services.
It is not possible that all in the line of succession could die at the same time.
One cabinet member does not attend the State of the Union address in order to make sure that a catastrophe doesn't make our government leaderless.
Legislation has been pushed by some members of Congress that would make the secretary of homeland security the leader of the country because of his or her familiarity with crises.
Impeachment is a political process.
Two-thirds of the Senate and a majority of the House of Representatives are willing to vote on impeaching a president.
The range and limits of presidential powers are not discussed in the Constitution.
Both those who wanted a strong executive power and those who did not were able to vote for the Constitution.
This vagueness has allowed the president to expand his powers without a constitutional amendment.
The president's powers fall into three areas: executive authority to administer government, legislative and judicial powers to check the other two branches, and judicial powers.
Much of the president s authority is here.
The person who is held responsible for agencies of the national government and the implementation of national policy is the president.
The heads have come to know the president.
More than 3,500 federal employees are appointed by the president today, including cabinet and lower administrative officers, federal judges, military officers, and members of the diplomatic corps.
The president is in charge of a large federal bureaucracy.
Although presidents can make a lot of appointments, they are not able to fire many of the people they hire, as we will see in Chapter 9.
Congress has the power to declare war, but the president has the ability to wage it.
Congress and the president are at odds over control of military operations because of these two powers.
The Vietnam War was waged by Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon but never officially declared by Congress.
The act was intended to limit the president's power.
Congress has declined to challenge popular presidential actions since public opinion tends to rally around the president at times, and most presidents ignored it when they wanted to engage in military action abroad.
The War Powers Act is more powerful on paper than it is in reality.
The president has the power to determine what nations the United States will recognize by appointing ambassadors to other nations.
Executive agreements can be used to get around Senate approval.
They are usually issued for the sake of efficiency.
If the Senate had to approve each agreement, it would have to act at the rate of one per day, tying up its schedule and keeping the chamber from many more important issues.
Congress exerts more authority in foreign policy at later points in our history, but for the most part, presidents have taken a strong leadership role in dealing with other nations.
Congress has guarded its prerogatives in domestic policy because they are more important to members' reelection efforts.
The line between domestic and foreign affairs has been blurred in recent years due to the worldwide economy, as well as in instances where domestic constituencies have a strong interest overseas, such as in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East or terrorist ideologies that threaten our shores.
The president's State of the Union address, delivered before the full Congress every January, is a major statement of the president's policy agenda.
You can compare the issues that were important to each administration with this form of rendering the speech.
This power, though limited, meant something before Congress met regularly.
We rarely see it invoked today.
The British prime minister has more power to call new elections than the US does.
The Senate can veto the president's legislation and send it back to Congress with a message indicating the reasons.
The presidential veto is a substantial power because it is difficult to get two-thirds support in each house.
The table shows the number of vetoed and successful veto overrides by Congress since 1933.
From one president to the next, the number of vetoes has varied a lot.
Presidents are usually successful in having their vetoes sustained.
The president with the least success was George W. Bush.
John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only presidents who did not veto a bill in their first term, but Bush did.
Bush's falling popularity and the public's disgruntlement with the war in Iraq caused these to be overridden at a record rate.
The Democrats in Congress were not concerned about challenging the unpopular president.