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How does impeachment work? - Alex Gendler

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For most jobs, it’s understood that you can be fired – whether for crime, incompetence, or just poor performance. But what if your job happens to be the most powerful position in the country – or the world? That's where impeachment comes in. But how does it work? Alex Gendler details the process of impeachment.

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  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Mark Phillips
  • Animator Luke Rotzler, Mark Phillips
  • Sound Designer Sam Bair
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
Additional Resources for you to Explore
Read more about the origins of impeachment and the history of its use, or find the relevant clauses in the Constitution listed here. You can also read the essays in the Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton and John Jay for more historical context on how impeachment was defined, as well as this discussion of these essays' relevance today.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Mark Phillips
  • Animator Luke Rotzler, Mark Phillips
  • Sound Designer Sam Bair
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson