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Which house of congress is responsible for impeachment proceedings?

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May 30, 2012 12:44PM

The House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach. Despite common usage, impeachment is only the first step in the process from removing a person from a federal office. If a simple majority of the House votes to impeach, the US Senate holds a trial to determine if removal from office is warranted by the charges raised by the House. Two-thirds of the Senators voting must vote for removal in order for it to happen.