After months of turmoil South Korea has officially impeached president Park-Geun-hye. Her administration has been accused of extortion which ultimately benefitted the former President and her business associates.
First, an impeachment resolution would need to be introduced to the House Judiciary Committee. If the Committee deemed the charges warranted, the process could move forward and voted on by the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives would need to determine that there are grounds for impeachment, as stated by Article II of the United States 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.”
A simple House majority of at least 218 votes would be required to proceed. This would be a major hurdle to overcome as Republicans currently hold a 237-193 majority over Democrats. Even if the House voted to impeach Trump he wouldn’t automatically be removed from office.
In order to remove a President from office, a two-thirds (minimum 67) majority vote in the Senate is required. Getting the aforementioned 67 votes has proven to be extremely difficult. In fact, no American President in history has ever been both impeached and removed from office.
As the saying goes however, there is a first time for everything.