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Author: Raoul Berger
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674444782
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The little understood yet great power of impeachment lodged in the Congress is dissected in this text through history by Raoul Berger, a leading scholar on the subject. He sheds new light on whether impeachment is limited to indictable crimes, on whether there is jurisdiction to impeach for misconduct outside office, and on whether impeachment must precede indictment. Berger also finds firm footing in contesting the views of one-time Judge Robert Bork and President Nixon's lawyer, James St Clair.

Judicial Impeachment

Author: Mary L. Volcansek
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252019616
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Impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate are the sole means of removing presidents and other federal officials from office. The congressional power to do so had been used sparingly until the early 1980s, when three federal judges were removed by the Senate in almost as many years. Through extensive use of original transcripts, Mary Volcansek analyzes the criminal and congressional proceedings that led to the Senate's conviction and removal of U.S. Judges Harry Claiborne (Nevada), Walter Nixon (Mississippi), and Alcee Hastings (Florida). Claiborne and Nixon both had already been convicted of felonies, yet they demanded impeachment and trial rather than resign their judicial appointments. They and Hastings portrayed themselves as victims of vendettas, claims that altered little when the Senate considered their cases. Volcansek explores various political and legal explanations for the rise in impeachments, among them the Judicial Conduct Act of 1980; the Public Integrity Office of the U.S. Department of Justice; partisanship and ideology; and judicial corruption. She also shows how the cases of Claiborne, Hastings, and Nixon are more than studies in judicial misconduct: the events leading to their Senate convictions, she is convinced, allow evaluation of how law enforcement, the Judicial Conduct Act, impeachment, and politics fit together. Finally, she considers the impeachments in the context of the competing ideals of judicial accountability and independence, suggesting that a type of special counsel be used to investigate alleged judicial misbehavior as a means of stemming misconduct while insulating the judiciary from executive or partisan interference.

The Impeachment Of President Andrew Johnson

Author: Edmund G. Ross
Publisher: e-artnow sro
ISBN: 8027241618
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This eBook edition of "The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson" has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Little is now known to the general public of the history of the attempt to remove President Andrew Johnson in 1868, on his impeachment by the House of Representatives and trial by the Senate for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors in office, or of the causes that led to it. Yet it was one of the most important and critical events, involving possibly the gravest consequences, in the entire history of the country. The constitutional power to impeach and remove the President had lain dormant since the organization of the Government, and apparently had never been thought of as a means for the satisfaction of political enmities or for the punishment of alleged executive misdemeanors, even in the many heated controversies between the President and Congress that had theretofore arisen. Nor would any attempt at impeachment have been made at that time but for the great numerical disparity then existing between the respective representatives in Congress of the two political parties of the country. Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The new president favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union. His plans did not give protection to the former slaves, and he came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives. He was the first American president to be impeached, in the Senate by one vote.

Checking Executive Power

Author: Midwest Political Association. Meeting
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275979263
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Baumgartner, Kada, and their contributors examine the extraordinary process of presidential impeachment and add to a virtual vacuum in political science literature on presidential impeachment, especially in countries other than the United States. The contributors examine presidential impeachment attempts in such varied settings as the United States, Russia, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Madagascar.