40 Facts About the History of Impeachment (And The Presidents Who Couldn't Escape Its Fate)

A painting of Benjamin Franklin. Electric Scotland.

40. Impeachment is Part of the Process of Removing a President From Office

In Benjamin Franklin’s words, impeachment is a source of action for a president who “has rendered himself obnoxious.” In other words, if a president’s behavior has become such that he (or nowadays, potentially she) is a source of embarrassment and woe to the country, he or she can be removed from office.