4.0109 Impeachment.

(a) The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor are subject to impeachment and, upon conviction, shall be removed from office.

(b) The Legislature shall provide for the manner, procedure, and causes for impeachment including for conviction of felonies and for a course of conduct amounting to a gross abuse of power, as defined by law.

(c) The House of Representatives has the sole power to bring articles of impeachment upon a vote of at least 2/3 of the entire membership. The Senate has the sole power to try impeachment, with the Chief Justice presiding, and, may not convict unless at least 2/3 of the entire membership concur. The members when sitting for that purpose shall be on oath or affirmation.

(d) Conviction shall extend only to removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of trust, honor, or profit under the Territory. The party, whether convicted or acquitted, is also liable to other prosecution under the law.

(e) At the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner, this section or its substance should be considered as a Constitutional Amendment to the Revised Constitution of American Samoa.

History: 1977, PL 15-23 § 1.