HST Final 5 - Littman 1 Joe Littman History 112 Professor...

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Littman 1 Joe Littman History 112 Professor Jackson 10 December 2010 History Final Question 5 In the history of this great nation there have only been two Presidents who have been impeached, Democrats Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. The two impeachments occurred 130 years apart and contain both similarities and differences. Clinton was impeached for perjury, when he lied to a federal grand jury about romantic relations with Monica Lewinski. Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act, which prohibited the President from firing any cabinet official without the approval of the Senate. Johnson violated this act when he dismissed War Secretary Edwin Stanton. The process of impeachment is loosely defined in the Constitution and has been studied by scholars since its first use. Joseph Isenbergh, a law professor at the University of Chicago, studied impeachment and concluded, “On impeachment, the academic consensus…was that impeachable offenses are defined in the Constitution as treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors, the latter terms describing an imprecisely bounded category of serious offenses.” This is relevant in comparing the two impeachments because the seriousness of the two crimes committed aren’t equal. President Clinton’s crime was “[denying] a sexual relationship” (Isenbergh) and when
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HST Final 5 - Littman 1 Joe Littman History 112 Professor...

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