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  Impeachment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the constitutions of several countries, impeachment is the first of two stages in a specific process for a legislative body to remove a government official without that official's agreement.
Furthermore, impeachment as a means of punishment for wrongdoing, as distinct from being a means of removing a minister, remains a valid reason for accepting that is continues to be available, at least in theory.
President Bill Clinton was impeached on December 19, 1998 by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury to a grand jury (by a 228-206 vote) and obstruction of justice (by a 221-212 vote).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Impeachment   (2261 words)

 Impeachment in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Impeachment in the United States is an expressed power of the legislature which allows for formal charges to be brought against a high official of government for conduct committed in office.
Impeachment proceedings may be commenced by a member House of Representatives on his or her own initiative by either presenting a listing of the charges under oath, or by placing a resolution in the hopper for referral to the appropriate committee.
During the impeachment trial of Senator Blount, it was argued that the House of Representatives did not have the power to impeach members of either House of Congress; though the Senate never explicitly ruled on this argument, the House has never again impeached a member of Congress.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Impeachment_in_the_United_States   (1444 words)

 MSN Encarta - Impeachment
Impeachment comprises both the act of formulating an accusation or indictment against an official and the subsequent trial.
In cases of presidential impeachment, the Constitution stipulates that the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States preside over the trial.
In the two presidential impeachment cases that have gone to a trial—those involving presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton—the House of Representatives appointed representatives from the Judiciary Committee to present the case for impeachment to the Senate.
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Impeachment developed in England, beginning in the 14th cent., as a means of trying officials suspected of dereliction of duty.
The English procedure was for the House of Commons to prosecute by presenting articles of impeachment to the House of Lords, which rendered judgment.
Impeachments are tried by the Senate, with the concurrence of two thirds of the members present needed for conviction.
www.factmonster.com /id/A0825038   (395 words)

 Clinton Impeachment
The impeachment of President Bill Clinton arose from a series of events following the filing of a lawsuit on May 6, 1994, by Paula Corbin Jones in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
After Congressman Hyde read the Articles of Impeachment approved by the House, the Senate then adjourned, reconvening later that day with Chief Justice Rehnquist present, who was sworn in as presiding officer for the trial and who in turn swore in the 100 senators as jurors for the proceedings.
The Senate voted on the Articles of Impeachment on February 12, with a two-thirds majority, or 67 Senators, required to convict.
www.eagleton.rutgers.edu /e-gov/e-politicalarchive-Clintonimpeach.htm   (1732 words)

 Impeachment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
While impeachment is a political, not a legal, operation, it does seem clear that a very strong legal case can be made that Bush and Cheney knowingly lied to Congress about the reasons for war.
The public policy grounds for impeachment (including the long-term effects of failure to hold the executive accountable for constitutional violations) are of equal significance, and we will discuss them in a separate statement." (See also Bernard Weiner: Suppose...: Arguments for an Impeachment Resolution).
Though it's true that impeachment of both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would be an extreme step, this constitutional option must be judged against the alternative of a continued national leadership that is facing worsening crises while known for a trademark refusal to admit mistakes or to make meaningful adjustments to its policies.
www.crisispapers.org /topics/impeachment.htm   (7960 words)

 Salon.com | The I-word
Impeachment was designed as a mechanism for removing from office a person who had demonstrated the kind of political irresponsibility that seriously threatened the nation's political institutions -- and whose continuation in office was so dangerous that waiting until the next election couldn't be tolerated.
Impeachment gave the Parliament a means of removing an unfit leader who somehow retained the king's confidence.
Nixon left office before the impeachment process was concluded, but he did so because he knew that he didn't have much support even within the Republican Party anymore, and Clinton was not convicted by the Senate at least in part because he had essentially unified support from his own party.
www.salon.com /opinion/feature/2005/06/09/impeachment   (1031 words)

 Preemptive impeachment
Impeachment has the advantage of bypassing the U.S. Supreme Court, which illegally installed Bush in the Oval Office.
Unfortunately for the impeachment campaign, Armey has retired and Barr, who spoke out against some of the most draconian proposals for what eventually became the USA PATRIOT Act, was defeated in the Republican primary.
Second, demand impeachment by engaging in non-violent direct action, in exercise of your First Amendment rights to free speech, peaceable assembly and petition for redress of grievances.
www.fromthewilderness.com /free/ww3/011303_preemptive.html   (1219 words)

 Impeachment - History
Impeachment requires a majority vote of the House; conviction is more difficult, requiring a two-thirds vote by the Senate.
Of the 11 possible grounds for impeachment cited by Starr, four were eventually approved by the House Judiciary Committee: grand jury perjury, civil suit perjury, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power.
The Articles of Impeachment, which can be viewed at http://watergate.info/, leave no doubt that these charges qualify as "high crimes and misdemeanors," justifying impeachment.
www.factmonster.com /spot/impeach.html   (1136 words)

 The History Place - Presidential Impeachment Proceedings
Impeachment resolutions made by members of the House of Representatives are turned over to the House Judiciary Committee which decides whether the resolution and its allegations of wrongdoing by the President merits a referral to the full House for a vote on launching a formal impeachment inquiry.
If the House Judiciary Committee refers one or more articles of impeachment, the entire House of Representatives votes on whether the article(s) merit a trial in the Senate, needing only a simple majority for approval.
If the full House approves at least one article of impeachment, the President is technically impeached and the matter is referred to the U.S. Senate.
www.historyplace.com /unitedstates/impeachments   (463 words)

 Washingtonpost.com Special Report: Clinton Accused - Impeachment Guide
The impeachment rules were drafted in 1868 for the trial of President Andrew Johnson, overhauled in 1974 in anticipation of a trial of Richard M. Nixon that never happened and formally adopted in their current form in 1986 as the Senate geared up for its first impeachment in 50 years, of Judge Harry Claiborne.
Under the Senate impeachment rules, the presiding officer rules on "all question of evidence," including "relevancy, materiality and redundancy." But he can be reversed by a majority vote of the Senate.
Although the senators are required by the rules to behave as the political equivalent of potted plants during the impeachment trial, they can submit for the record written statements describing the reasons for their votes for or against conviction.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/iguide.htm   (1640 words)

 FAQs and Web Resources on the Impeachment Process: Impeachment: A Look at the Process
The serious nature of impeachment is reflected in the fact that the House of Representatives has only moved seriously to impeach 18 officials in the more than 200 years since the Constitution was ratified, including two presidents, one cabinet member, one senator, and 13 judges.
While the Constitution outlines the basic process for impeachment, the specific procedures are determined by the internal rules of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
In the event of an impeachment trial, the full Senate sits as a jury--with the Chief Justice of the United States (William H. Rehnquist) presiding over the proceeding in cases of presidential impeachment.
www.abanet.org /publiced/impeach2.html   (1844 words)

 watergate.info: Impeachment
On February 6, 1974, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 803 by 410-4 to authorise the Judiciary Committee to consider impeachment proceedings against Nixon.
The work of this Committee was again the spotlight a quarter of a century later when Bill Clinton was impeached.
Analysis of the Impeachment Votes of the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives
www.watergate.info /impeachment   (234 words)

 Impeach Bush
Also a little known precedent allows a State Legislature to pass a Resolution of Impeachment and transmit that to the US House through their Representative.
Following impeachment, there is a trial and perhaps a conviction.
The accusation, the actual "impeachment", is made by the House of Representatives.
www.impeachbush.tv /impeach   (290 words)

 Impeachment Documents Relating to a U.S. President
Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Resolution of the Constitution Convention of Virginia.
Impeachment of the President: Resolutions of the Legislature of West Virginia...
Impeachment of the President: Resolutions of the North Carolina Convention.
www.lib.auburn.edu /madd/docs/impeach.html   (1608 words)

 Impeachment: A primer - September 14, 1998
If hearings are held, they could result in an impeachment resolution and accompanying articles of impeachment that would then go to the full House.
Impeachment is the act of formally accusing a public official of crimes or serious misconduct.
By the fall of 1973, the Watergate scandal was crippling the Nixon White House and calls for the president's impeachment were becoming increasingly common.
www.cnn.com /ALLPOLITICS/stories/1998/09/14/impeachment.primer   (650 words)

Impeachments of Federal Officials - The procedure for the impeachment of federal officials is detailed in Article I, Section 3, of the...
A report card on the impeachment: judging the institutions that judged President Clinton.
Conflicts of commitment: legal ethics in the impeachment context.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/history/A0825038.html   (438 words)

 Impeach Prime Minister Tony Blair for misleading Parliament and the British people   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
The report which is co-authored by academics Glen Rangwala and Dan Plesch presents evidence that the Prime Minister deliberately distorted the intelligence assessments available to him in order to deceive the public and Parliament over the case for war, and recommends that impeachment procedures are begun against the Prime Minister for this misconduct.
As the councillors explain, Tony Blair himself pointed out that law and order in our communities depends on people who break the rules being punished, and if the leader of the country can get away with it, then it is a license to every yob and bent official in the country.
Click here to order the impeachment book: contains "A Case to Answer" by Dan Plesch and Glen Rangwala; the legal opinion on the impeachment of the Prime Minister by Rabinder Singh QC and Professor Conor Gearty of Matrix; and a foreword by Adam Price MP.
www.impeachblair.org   (909 words)

 The 'I' word - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Op-ed - News
THE IMPEACHMENT of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse.
Comparing Clinton's misbehavior to a destructive and costly war occupation launched in March 2003 under false pretenses in violation of domestic and international law certainly merits introduction of an impeachment resolution.
If this is answered affirmatively Bush and Cheney have committed ''high crimes and misdemeanors." It is time for Congress to investigate the illegal Iraq war as we move toward the third year of the endless quagmire that many security experts believe jeopardizes US safety by recruiting and training more terrorists.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/05/31/the_i_word   (664 words)

 The Impeachment of George W. Bush
A modified form of these Articles of Impeachment may be found here, on the website of VoteToImpeach.org, along with Ramsey Clark's Notes on Impeachment.
Collectively, these failures justify the resignation — or impeachment — of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who are ultimately responsible for the failure of their Administration to protect the American people.
What the world has watched instead is a comprehensive and malicious assault upon the integrity of the international legal order by a group of men and women who are thoroughly Machiavellian in their perception of international relations and in their conduct of both foreign policy and domestic affairs.
www.serendipity.li /impeachment.htm   (5061 words)

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