There have been only two presidents throughout American History that have been impeached. These two presidents were William (Bill) Clinton and Andrew Johnson. Andrew Johnson was the vice president and shortly became the 17th president in 1865 after the assassination of Lincoln. Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president in 1992, after being the governor of Arkansas. Both of these impeachments were different in several ways. Andrew Johnson was the first president in U.S. history to be impeached. He was a disliked by many people in the north because he favored the south and because of his pro-slavery views. After the Civil War, Johnson was stubbornly against any laws that would aid the slaves in any way or any laws that would penalize men that fought for the confederacy. Johnson didn’t get along very good with the congress. He vetoed many bills that the congress tried to pass. The congress shortly passed the “Tenure of Office Act,” which made it so Johnson couldn’t fire cabinet members he didn’t like without the senates approval. Johnson eventually broke the law and …show more content…
A couple years after Clinton took office, a girl by the name of Monica Lewinsky began her job as the White House Intern. Clinton soon began having sexual relationships with her. The relationship lasted about 2 years. After Clinton ended the sexual relationship he soon became re-elected president. A couple months later, Lewinsky’s agent has, Linda Tripp tap the phone conversations between her and Clinton. They find valuable information from doing this. When Clinton is asked about the relationship he simply tells everyone that he never did anything with Monica Lewinsky, but when he is asked about the relationship in front of the grand jury he says it was true. With Clinton previously lying about his relationship he got impeached. The House impeached Clinton on a vote of 258 to 176. Clinton violated 4 articles that he was impeached
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I would rank the four presidents below Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Johnson probably in the also ran category. Each had the opportunities to place the United States in a better position than it currently is. George H. Bush, presided over the first Savings and Loan crisis and failed to encourage congress to act in restoring some regulations which were removed to remove inflation and help the economy. His actions during Desert Storm gives him validity as a president willing to take action; however, there are a few issues that come with this. First the military’s success in Kuwait belongs more to the Reagan administration’s policies, the capabilities training and force expansion was all accomplished during his presidency.
Andrew Johnson was doomed from the beginning of his political career when Lincoln asked for his vice-presidency. Johnson was an untrusted Southern Democrat that was not worth his weight in gold. After the assassination of Lincoln, the Radical Republicans had hoped his hatred for the planter aristocrats would help their cause in the form of the Wade-Davis bill. His rooted beliefs to help the less fortunate vanished when he realized his power over the southern aristocrats and passed the "10%" Reconstruction Plan instead. He pardoned the southern congress men, accused of treason, and continued to veto bills that would promote the freedmen.
In sending the case forward, the House Judiciary Committee had relied heavily on a four-year investigation into several alleged scandals—including improper Arkansas real estate deals, suspected fundraising violations, claims of sexual harassment and accusations of cronyism involving the firing of White House travel agents—involving Clinton and his wife, Hillary. The independent prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, also launched a probe into an extramarital affair between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. As part of a sexual harassment lawsuit, the president had denied having the affair. When Clinton invoked executive privilege, Starr charged the president with obstruction of justice, which ultimately compelled him to testify before a grand jury. Starr subsequently referred the charges to the House.
The United States experienced many battles and disagreements that have influenced the world in many ways throughout its existence. In these cases, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson are both helping the country through difficult times through the State of the Union addresses. In the first passage, President Roosevelt explains how he believes that America can work together to prevent Japanese imperialism, and in the second passage, Johnson explains how America will fight to prevent communism in Vietnam and acquire peace. Although Roosevelt has mentioned some inspiring aspirations in his passage, the passage which includes part of Johnson’s speech sticks with one idea.
He wanted quick restoration for the Union states and not so much the southern and confederate states. He was not a person who was in favor of the slaves. He didn't have any intention on giving equal rights to the slaves, like white people, and he came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress. Later this will lead up to his impeachment. Andrew Johnson was the first US president to ever be impeached.
Historians have often times made note of both Theodore Roosevelt’s and Woodrow Wilson’s high moral compass pertaining to world issues. Both leaders however innately stood on different sides of the moral arena. Woodrow Wilson was seen and portrayed as a peace-centered leader and an idealist. Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt did not agree on everything they had very different views when it came to things such as their ideals on foreign policy, their stance on business Roosevelt felt that large businesses increased efficiency and brought productivity. Wilson however believed in fair competition and did not agree with large business gaining monopolies.
In the spring of 1868, all of America was focused on Congress to see if the President of the United States was going to be removed from office. On May 16, 1868, Congress was crowded with government officials, journalists, and citizens all waiting for the outcome of the trial. Individuals were impeached and removed from office before, however, President Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached. This raises numerous questions such as why Johnson was put on trial; what made radicals hell-bent on impeaching him; did he even commit a high crime and misdemeanor; and was Andrew Johnson’s impeachment justified. Andrew Johnson was not what the United States had expected.
After the Andrew Johnson’s resistance to reconstruction included bring Confederate states into the Union and letting the African American men vote. Under his held ideals of “white suffrage”. It pitted him in opposition against Congress; thus, his stubborn stance against Reconstruction is the real reason that lead to his impeachment hearing under the Tenure of Office Act of 1867, which is a federal law that passed by congress to restrict the power of the President remove people from office without the approval of the Senate, when he removed Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton from his office. Reconstruction was the period following the Civil War, when the states of the Confederacy where the government controlled bringing them back into the union and gave rights to African Americans in the process. White suffrage simply meant: only white males could vote.
In 1974 the house judiciary committee recommended Articles of impeachment of President Nixon during the water gates scandal. The water gates scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s, following a break in at the DNC headquarters at water gate office in Washington D.C. and President Nixon’s administration tried to cover it up. On July 25, 1974 Barbara Jordan gave a speech on the impeachment of President Nixon during the impeachment hearing. She gave a strong passionate and well-rounded speech.
Given that, President Johnson had been formerly the vice president; his agenda reflected that of President Lincoln. Unfortunately most of the radicals never approved of his plans. They were convinced that he neglected the main concern of rights for former slaves. Thus, President Johnson was impeached in 1868. Even though he still held office, he lacked authority to implement his agendas.
I think Barbara Jordan did a great job defining impeachment and clarifying its criteria. In her speech, Jordan discusses impeachment and states, “We know the nature of impeachment. We’ve been talking about it a while now. It is chiefly designed for the President and his high ministers to somehow be called into account. It is designed to “bridle” the Executive if he engages in excesses.
As the president of United States of America it can be a little hard to make certain decisions. What the people want and what is for the best for them is very different. Yet this President is for. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were presidents of the United States, who may have done good or bad throughout their time serving in office. Both presidents will be compared to determine who brought the best for United States.
America has not had an easy history. Short compared to other countries and nations, but definitely not easy. So in these times of great strife and great anger and great need, there needs to be great leaders who can inspire the very People to climb out of the deep pits that they have sunk so far down into, to stand for something bigger than themselves, standing as one when the world wants them to stand apart. Two of these great, awe-inspiring leaders was Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, arguably two of the greatest Presidents this nation has ever experienced. Roosevelt and Reagan both were leaders in a time of great, great sorrow, great pride, amazing victories and devastating losses, and to get through such times, all they needed
President Barack Obama follows a long history of leaders in the exploration of space, the pursuit of international cooperation, and defining mankind’s future within the universe. An examination between the presidency of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama reveals a multitude of similarities in space policy challenges. The two presidents share a common passion to promote space efforts even when up against tight budget constraints and international tension. Administrative differences of the two presidents are apparent in their space program initiatives. President Reagan, known for supporting a smaller government, encouraged the private sector to pioneer space expansion and make investments in the efforts.