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According to the US Constitution (Article II, section 4), a president can be impeached for bribery, treason, or other "high crimes and misdemeanors." President Andrew Johnson (1868), President Richard Nixon (1974) and President Bill Clinton (1998-99) are the only three presidents ever considered for impeachment.

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The US Constitution specifically lists as reasons for impeachment "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." The dictionary defines a misdemeanor as any misconduct less serious than a felony, so any violation of the US Constitution and/or federal law is an acceptable cause for impeachment. It is left up to the discretion of the US House of Representatives, the only body that can issue a federal impeachment. Traditionally they have reserved the power for only extreme cases.

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Treason, bribery, or other high crimes of misdemeanors.

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The exact reasons are up to the House of Representatives who write and pass the bill of impeachment.

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A president may be impeached if convicted for treason, bribery, or 'other high crimes and misdemeanors'.

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"... Treason, Bribery, or other High crimes and Misdemeanors."

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