Obama Impeachment Will Not Happen

Posted on August 13, 2014

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In recent decades prominent people inside and outside Washington D.C. have called for impeaching both Republican and Democrat presidents for reasons that fall far short of Constitutional grounds.

When Ricard Nixon announced his resignation 40 years ago, it was for one reason. Members of Congress had informed him the night before that he would be impeached by the House of Representatives, convicted by the Senate and removed from office.

In 1974, the nation’s representatives focused on precisely the kinds of wrongdoing that prompted the founding fathers to authorize impeachment in the first place.

Under the Constitution, the House of Representatives can impeach the president only for “Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The initial draft of the text was written in broader terms, allowing the president to be impeached for “malpractice, or neglect of duty” as well, but these words were deleted. Some people think these words are still in the Constitution.

With respect to Nixon, the first article of impeachment was based on the Watergate break-in itself. The second article was based on Nixon’s unlawful use of the F.B.I., C.I.A. and Internal Revenue Service for political purposes.

Both of hese articles were tightly connected and the president’s efforts to gain or keep the office by unlawful means. Nixon saw the handwriting on the wall and flew off into the sunset prior to being impeached.

In the case of Bill Clinton, the House of Representatives succeeded to impeach the president first, on the charge of perjury and obstruction of justice, and second on the charge of perjury and abuse of power. Clinton was acquitted of both charges by the Senate on February 12, 1999, and he was not removed from office.

For various reasons talk has been going on for sometime to impeach President Barack Obama, mostly on his use of executive orders which have been used by almost every president. In fact, this goes back to three months after Obama took office when U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell sai8d that he was going to see that Obama was a one term president.

Don’t believe the impeachment talk. President Obama is not going to be impeached.

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