President Bill Clinton Impeachment Analysis

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Impeachment was first used in the British political system in the second half of the 14th century, since then it has been used by many other countries including the United States. The House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach and the Senate has the power to try an impeachment. Both President Johnson and President Clinton were impeached and President Nixon resigned before he could be impeached. Impeachment is a charge of misconduct made against the holder of the public office. The constitution states that a person in power can be impeached for/ conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes of misdemeanors. The House brings impeachment charges against a president as part of its oversight and investigatory responsibilities. Individual…show more content…
He was impeached on February 24,1868 in the House of Representatives on eleven articles of impeachment detailing his “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The primary charge against him was with violation of the Tenure of Office Act, specifically he had removed Edwin M. Stanton, the secretary of war, from office and replaced him with General Ulysses S. Grant. The second president to be impeached was President Bill Clinton. He was impeached on february 12,1999 for perjury. At this point the exact meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors” was unclear and had become the subject of debate. Some people felt that the act of perjury, a federal crime, rose to that level. Others felt that this particular act of perjury, while illegal, did not reach to that level because that lie was about personal infidelity and that questioning it could have been politically motivated. On August 9, 1974 President Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency. He resigned avoiding a likely prospect of losing the impeachment vote in the full house and a subsequent trial in the Senate. He has become the only United States president to
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