CLEP US Government

Category - Courts

What role does the Supreme Court have in the impeachment proceedings of public officials?
  1. None. The Supreme Court has nothing to do with it.
  2. The Supreme Court runs the whole thing from start to finish.
  3. The public official must be impeached in Congress, but the trial is held before the Supreme Court.
  4. The Chief Justice presides over the trial in the Senate.
  5. The Supreme Court can overturn any impeachment decisions.
Answer: D - The only role the Supreme Court has in impeachment proceedings is the Chief Justice presiding over the trial in the Senate. So President Clinton’s impeachment trial was held in the Senate, and Chief Justice Rehnquist presided over it. Other than the Chief Justice’s limited role, the impeachments are completely handled in Congress.
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