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Constitution Monday: Impeachment

Note: Throughout this series, items that are hyperlinked were in the Constitution as written in 1787 but have since been amended or superseded.

Article II of the Constitution of the United States established the Executive Branch with the President as its head.  Here is Article II, Section IV:

Section. 4.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

The Founders knew that people were fallible and provided means to remove a criminal President from office. Just what constitutes “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” vs political differences has been a subject of hot debate throughout the history of the Republic.

Section IV is the last section of Article III. It is a source of wonder to me that so much Presidential power has been built around four short sections that could probably fit on a 3×5 card.

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