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We thought we’d help you out with a quick explanation of impeachment. You’ll be happy to find that this just about fits on a single A4 sheet of paper, and we’ve used bullet points. We're here to help.

• Impeachment means that most of the politicians in the House of Representatives and two thirds of the politicians in the Senate think you’ve done something very illegal, and that you shouldn’t be the president anymore.

• Being impeached is very similar to being charged with a crime, like that time you were accused by the Justice Department of illegally quoting different rental terms for black people. Getting the idea now?

• Good news, being impeached doesn’t mean that you’re guilty! Impeachment is very bad, but it’s only the start of an impeachment procedure. If you are impeached - and an increasing number of people think you might be - there will be a formal procedure where the charges will be made against you. Those charges will accuse you of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours" and will probably relate to that big kerfuffle over Russia or what you told Michael Flynn to do.

• Not many people have been impeached but before you get excited, that’s not a good thing. President Andrew Johnson was impeached a long time ago after breaking a law which restricted his power. As was your good friend Bill Clinton for lying to the court and for obstructing justice. Both were acquitted. Richard Nixon was nearly impeached, but he resigned before the process could start.

• If you're impeached and the charges stick, will you still keep the keys to the White House? Well, yes, unless two thirds of the House and the Senate approve the impeachment charges. If they approve? Then you're fired!


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