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You’re Fired! A historical perspective on impeachment

By October 7, 2019 October 15th, 2019 impeachment

I want to try something this week. I want to try and write about a very political matter with little political conviction. This article will be about the  process of impeachment. In reading about this I became a little disengaged from the emotion of the current situation. I am feeling this way because I read and then researched that since President Eisenhower 5 of the last 6 Republican Presidents have been brought forward for impeachment by the Democrat led Congress. The only President that was not brought up on impeachment charges was President Gerald Ford and he only served in the position for 2 years and 5 months. He was appointed President after President Nixon resigned. In the end, there has only been two Presidents that have been fully impeached, Andrew Johnson and William Clinton.The Republicans brought up on impeachment charges are Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.

So how does impeachment happen and what does it mean?

The impeachment process in U.S. government was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin during the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Noting that the traditional mechanism for removing “obnoxious” chief executives — like kings — from power had been assassination, Franklin glibly suggested the impeachment process as a more rational and preferable method.

Here is the entire process:

  • The process of impeachment is established by the U.S. Constitution.
  • The impeachment process must be initiated in the House of Representatives with the passage of a resolution listing the charges or “Articles of Impeachment” against the official being impeached.
  • If passed by the House, the Articles of Impeachment are considered by the Senate in a trial presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with the 100 Senators serving as the jury.
  • If the Senate votes in favor of conviction by a 2/3 supermajority vote (67 votes), the Senate will then vote to remove the official from office.

That is the entire process. I just wanted to give a little context to the media flurry that we are bombarded with each day.

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