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Can a Supreme Court Justice Be Removed? AOC Seeks to Remove Clarence Thomas

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic lawmakers have archived impeachment proceedings to Chief Justice Clarence Thomas “for serious crimes and misdemeanors.”

According to the articles of impeachment, Thomas committed various ethical violationsincluded failure to report receipt of lavish giftsThe articles state that it would be reasonable to believe “that he used his public office for his own private gain or for the personal gain of his donors.”

The document also mentions that Thomas refused to withdraw from business in which he had a personal, legal or financial interest.

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Can a Supreme Court Justice Be Removed? AOC Seeks to Remove Clarence Thomas

The United States Constitution provides that the President of the country, along with the Vice President and all U.S. officials, subject to depositionand these include Supreme Court JusticeS.

The Constitution also provides that judges, both of the highest and lower courts, will hold office during a period of good behaviorwhich means they can serve life sentences Once appointed, until removed from office.

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What is the impeachment process for a Supreme Court justice?

To remove someone through impeachment, The House of Representatives must first vote on impeachmentafter which the Senate must vote to convict the official.

Although there is a provision for the removal of a Supreme Court judge, it is It is highly unlikely that Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts will succeedThe only judge ever impeached in US history was Judge Samuel Chaseas early as 1805. The House of Representatives passed articles of impeachment against him in 1805, but he was later acquitted by the Senate.

The impeachment process is unlikely to succeed because it must be must first be approved by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. GOP lawmakers have blocked any criticism of the Supreme Court justices, who have a 6-3 conservative majority, three of them were appointed by former President Donald Trump.

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