The Bill Clinton Story


The legislative branch of the US Government has exceeded its authority in the impeachment of President Clinton by violating the trust and desires of those who elected them.
Impeachment was provided for by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution as a safeguard against corruption and abuse of power by the President, Vice President and other officials. Our system of checks and balances gives Congress the authority to investigate and impeach elected and appointed officials if unethical or criminal wrongdoing has occurred. Impeachment is only an action of removal from office, and not a criminal trial. (Grolier, 1) However, an impeached person would not be exempt from indictment, prosecution ...

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disqualification to hold "any office or honor, trust, or profit under the United States." (Corwin, 3) A person convicted in an impeachment, however, is subject to further "indictment, trial, judgement, and punishment according to Law." Impeachment originated in England, where the House of Commons would present articles of impeachment to the House of Lords, which then tried the case (internet, 2)
Since the adoption of the Constitution, only one president, Andrew Jackson (1868), has been brought to trial in the Senate on charges voted by the House. The Senate failed by one vote to convict Johnson. In 1974 the House Judiciary Committee voted the three charges of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon, but he resigned from office before the House could vote upon the charges. (Grolier, 1)
Certain questions concerning the impeachment process have persisted: Whether it is judicial or political in nature; however to define high crimes and misdemeanors; and whether a conviction can ...

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