Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers: Intrabranch Checks and Balances

  • Inter-branch checks and balances
    • Impeachment: POTUS can be removed from office for treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors.
      • House of Reps. = impeachment
      • Senate = tries impeachment.
    • Investigatory power: Congress has broad power to investigate. Failure to comply with Congress’ investigative power may result in contempt.
    • Speech and Debate Clause: Provides absolute immunity to MC’s and aides, regarding any matter, communication, conducted on the floor of either house.