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Cynthia Farrar HIST 2620.006 05/04/2007 Impeachment: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton The process of impeachment is definitely not a American born idea, nor is it a fairly new idea either. Impeachment can be dated back to the 14th century in England. But the use of impeachment in the U.S. has been very limited, only two presidents have ever been impeached in our history. Part of the reason for why so very few people have been impeached is the long and drawn out process it actually takes to impeach someone. First the House must bring charges against them, and then the Senate must act as the judge and try the person. Then, only if they are found guilty are they ever removed from office. But as cumbersome as the process is, it is still an important part of the checks and balances system [1]. To be tried for impeachment the senate must show that the president has comitted "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."[2] In the case of Andrew Johnson, the House brought before him
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