Can a president that has been impeached run for office again?


LAST UPDATED: July 28, 2022 by Ryan McCain

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If legal precedent holds, a president can be impeached and still run for public office in the future.

Article 1, Section 3, Clause 7 of the Constitution states:

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment, and Punishment, according to Law.

Reading that, it seems pretty clear that an impeached president is disqualified from holding public office in the future, right? Wrong! Previous impeachments show this situation has historically been interpreted differently than you might think.


A president can be impeached AND not removed from office. These are two separate processes. Bill Clinton was impeached but not removed from office in 1999.

Impeachment is the first step in a two-stage process to remove a president from office for committing “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

A president is impeached by a majority vote in the House of Representatives. This is essentially just a censure and nothing much really happens.

If impeached by the House, the president goes before the Senate. In this trial, the President will be represented by lawyers and a few selected House members will serve as “prosecutors.” The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will preside, and all 100 Senators will act as the jury.

If two-thirds of the Senate find the president guilty, he/she will be convicted and removed from office.


One example is the impeachment of circuit judge West Hughes Humphreys in 1862. The Senate took two separate votes: A supermajority first voted to convict and remove Humphrey from office followed by a simple majority vote to disqualify him from holding public office in the future. The Senate defended taking these separate votes on the grounds that the removal and disqualification portions of the clause are not clearly intertwined. I’m not sure how they reached that conclusion, but they did.

As you can imagine, it probably won’t be this cut and dry if we ever get to this point. It’s very likely that this matter would be decided by the Supreme Court.

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  1. Only two presidents have been successfully impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
  2. Impeachment isn’t limited to presidents.
  3. Only nineteen federal officials have ever been impeached.

  1. – Impeachment
  2. – Can a president run for reelection after impeachment?
  3. – Punishment for Impeachment


  1. Cheese and Crackers!
    Once impeached should, I repeat Should, Disqualify any person holding an impeachable office; from running and or holding any government position of Trust! Even when, mental incompetence is in play! OUR COUNTRY DESERVES BETTER! VOTE BLUE, TO KEEP WANNA BE DICTATORS IN THEIR LANE!

    • I totally agree with you. The impeached should be ashamed and embarrassed to run for any office ever again. They are a disgrace, especially if impeached twice

  2. No vote RED. You can let the murders and rapists out of jail and throw the tax payer in for not wearing a mask. What are you crazy. Our when God passed out brains you thought he said trains and you asked for a little one.

  3. To quote Rose Nylund on the ‘Golden Girls’.. Hopefully with God’s DIVINE intervention he won’t be able to run iin 2024 and beyond because, God willing … to quote Rose Nylund on the Golden Girls : Don the CON Agolf Twitterler will be : ” DEAD .DEAD. DEAD ” . Or a permanent , long term “guest” of Vladimir Putin, or China, or North Korea or Iran. After all , Drumpf took $$$ from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Yes. The vile, nasty , treasonous CRIMINAL took $$$ for the Baku Azerbijian Trump Hotel from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. No wonder the spineless COWARD backed down after threating to bomb Iran. The Russians,the Chinese & the Iranians have ALL compromised Duplicitious Donald J Trump !! The clock is ticking… Good bye, good luck, good riddance you worthless POS !!!


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