Impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson
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The word “impeachment” is being bandied about everywhere, both from the media and members of Congress screaming for President Trump’s head, and from the House judiciary panel and conservatives preparing articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for “stonewalling their requests for documents”. So here is a link to a web page that provides an overview of the impeachment process, whether of the President or of a federal official. This overview concludes:
Historically, Congress has issued Articles of Impeachment for acts in three general categories:
· Exceeding the constitutional bounds of the powers of the office.
· Behavior grossly incompatible with the proper function and purpose of the office.
· Employing the power of the office for an improper purpose or for personal gain.
The impeachment process is political, rather than criminal in nature. Congress has no power to impose criminal penalties on impeached officials. But criminal courts may try and punish officials if they have committed crimes.
The rest of the overview is here.
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