What can presidents be impeached for?
According to Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Paul Rosenzweig, a former federal prosecutor, told Reuters in an interview last month that removal for treason would not work against Trump as the United States is not officially at war with Ukraine.
However, Rosenweig did tell Reuters that bribery could be included in the articles of impeachment, since the House can broadly define the term as part of their investigation.
Molly Olmstead of Slate wrote last month that defining the term “high crimes and misdemeanors” has been especially challenging.
“While ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ is commonly thought to refer to significant abuses of presidential power, rather than criminal violations, there are several different camps of interpretation,” Olmstead added.