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Presidential Impeachment
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Presidential Impeachment: Past and Present

The involuntary removal of a sitting President of the United States has never occurred in our history. The only legal way such can be accomplished is by the impeachment process.

Article I § 2 of the United States Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach (make formal charges against) and Article I § 3 gives the Senate the sole power to try impeachments. Article II § 4 of the Constitution provides as follows: "The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." Thus, the operative legal standard to apply to an impeachment of a sitting President is "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." There is substantial difference of opinion over the interpretation of these words. |

In the 1st week of December 2019 the 4th Presidential Impeachment Inquiry in US History which commenced originally in the House Intelligence Committee in late September entered a new phase and hearings began before the House Judiciary Committee, featuring testimony on Wednesday December 4th from four constitutional law experts on the historical basis for impeachment.

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Reference Links for the 4 Impeachment Topics under discussion on this Board:

• Wikipedia: Impeachment Inquiry against Donald Trump |

• Wikipedia: Impeachment of Bill Clinton |

• Wikipedia: Impeachment process against Richard Nixon |

• Wikipedia: Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

• The History Place: Presidential Impeachment Hearings of Johnson, Nixon, Clinton |

Other Reference Links:

• Jurist Daily Legal News and Research |

• Just Security |

Dedication: Creation of this SI Board was inspired by my memories of US Representative Robert F. Drinan, SJ who was Dean of the Law School I attended in the mid-60s. Father Drinan was the first Congressman to call for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment when he served on the House Judiciary Committee and later as a Georgetown University Law Center Professor gave testimony and witness to that Committee in the Clinton Impeachment Inquiry along with 18 other Legal Scholars and Historians.

Trump Impeachment Milestones

December 16, 2019: The Full 658 page House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Report Released |

December 18, 2019: Trump Impeached on Two Articles by the House | Message 32467292

January 15, 2020: House approves impeachment managers, sending proceedings to Senate | Message 32506109

February 05, 2020: With a vote of 48-52 on the first article of impeachment and a vote of 47-53 on the second article of impeachment, the Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of both articles of impeachment. | Message 32539252

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40Inspector General Michael Atkinson broke the law and also violated departmentThomas M.-April 29
39Post Trump Impeachment: The Presidential Firings ... US inspector general for Eric L1April 4
38Presidential Impeachment: Looking back and forward (The Atlantic) ... [graphicEric L1February 12
37President Trump's own Post-Impeachment Acquittal View for posterity ... &lEric L-February 7
36The Senate Impeachment Trial: Trump Acquitted of Two Impeachment Charges in NearEric L-February 6
35February 05, 2020 | The Senate Trump Impeachment Trial Vote (C-span & NYT) .Eric L-February 6
34January 29, 2020 | The Senate Q&A in Trump;s Impeachment Trial (A Politico vEric L1January 31
33January 27, 2020 | WATCH: Dershowitz says charges against Trump are ‘outside'Eric L-January 31
32Correction Prior post referred to Saturday January 25 when Trump's legal teEric L-January 31
31Saturday January 5, 2020: Trump's Defense Team targets Adam Schiff ... ... Eric L-January 26
30US Senate Impeachment Trial: The President's Defense, Day 1 ... [graphic] Eric L-January 25
29WATCH: Trump ‘ignored and injured’ interests of the nation, Schiff says in full Eric L-January 25
28WATCH: Rep. Schiff says Trump is 'dangerous' and needs to be removed froEric L-January 24
27WATCH: Rep. Schiff’s full opening argument in the Trump impeachment trial |PBS NEric L-January 23
26Step-by-Step Guide to The Senate Impeachment Trial Procedures (CNN) ... [graphEric L-January 16
25House Impeachment Managers chosen and Articles of Impeachment Readied for TransEric L-January 16
24In order for one to know the full story of how President Trump's impeachmentHoney_Bee112/30/2019
23Jim Jordan: [youtube video]Honey_Bee-12/30/2019
22Gohmert: No one will acknowledge the Fraud That Brought us Here: [youtube videoHoney_Bee-12/30/2019
21[youtube video]Honey_Bee-12/30/2019
20CBS News Special Report: House Committee Questions Impeachment Legal Scholar WitEric L-12/28/2019
19The History of 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors' (Time) [graphic] time.cEric L-12/24/2019
18The Trump Impeachment with Robert Reich and Erwin Chemerinsky | Nov05, 2019 {1:2Eric L-12/24/2019
17Does Impeachment require violation of a statutory crime? A preeminent ConstitEric L-12/24/2019
16Clinton's Impeachment: Differences between Trump's impeachment and ClintEric L-12/21/2019
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