Congress has attempted to impeach several presidents over the years: John Tyler in 1843, James Buchanan in 1860, Andrew Johnson in 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974, William Clinton in 1998 and George W. Bush in 2008. Only two were actually impeached and the other attempts withered on the Congressional vine.

Andrew Johnson, who disobeyed the Tenure of Office Act by firing a Cabinet member without Congress’ approval and William Clinton who committed perjury and obstructed justice were the two who were impeached. Nixon likely would have been impeached, but he resigned.

Neither of the two who were impeached were convicted and both remained in office even though it was evident that they did indeed commit “high crimes.”

The latest attempt at impeachment of a president is now in progress, sort of. If impeachment of President Trump goes forward, it appears that it will be in response to his “high crime” of getting elected as president of the United States.

Thomas Fallon

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JAMESMCINTOSH

Re: Trump’s ‘high crime’ is getting elected: Americas "high crime" is electing Trump.

jens

The self imposed ignorance by Mr. Fallon and the person that said there's no evidence of any crimes is not just appalling, it proves without a doubt that apathy for facts is rampant.

Miuke Nelson

Actually, it's high crimes and misdemeanors.

This might be helpful if you want to actually understand the terms: "The charge of high crimes and misdemeanors covers allegations of misconduct by officials, such as dishonesty, negligence, perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of public funds or assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, unbecoming conduct, refusal to obey a lawful order, chronic intoxication, including such offenses as tax evasion. Offenses by officials also include ordinary crimes, but perhaps with different standards of proof and punishment than for nonofficials, on the grounds that more is expected of officials by their oaths of office. The word "High" refers to the office and not the offense. Indeed the offense may not even be a breach of criminal statute.See Harvard Law Review "The majority view is that a president can legally be impeached for “intentional, evil deeds” that “drastically subvert the Constitution and involve an unforgivable abuse of the presidency” — even if those deeds didn’t violate any criminal laws."

CitrusCo Citizen

Thanks for that clarifiction, Miuke! So is it actually "Crimes and/or misdeanors" committed by people in "high " offices of public trust? So, for example, the Bill Clinton impeachent, started out with the nvestigation of an alleged crime with a business deal (Whitewater), but then up popped the misdeamnors of proof of the abuse of power over a subordinate (to put it politely) and then lying about it to the American people, on television, which were enough for a president to be impeached? I think we have one big fat crime (or maybe two once his tax returns are released and we know more about his foreign business dealings) and a lot of misdeamnors (too numerous to mention here) and which will be plenty of evidence to impeach Trump. If that's the case--they should just revise it to "Crimes and/or misdeaminors committed by officials in high positions of public trust" . To me, any diagnosed and untreated serious addiction or mental illness would qualify a president to be impeached, even though it may not be a criminal offense.

GFWSR

It seems the "High Crimes" Trump allegedly committed changes from week to week! Have yet to see any solid evidence. Just saying he broke the law will not fly!

Miuke Nelson

What makes me ill is the double standard being applied. Bill Clinton lies about an affair and he is pilloried. Trump lies 12,000 times, ask for help from Ukraine and tries to hide it,then ask for help live on national TV from China and you all look the other way. This after the Mueller report which DID NOT exonerate Trump. “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” He did not so state. Only 3% of the public has read the entire report. I'm guessing you're not in that group.

CitrusCo Citizen

Too late. There is a unredacted version of his phone call, transcribed by the White House. He also admitted on videotape to the whole world that he asked Ukraine's leader for a favor to get "dirt" on his political oponent. Now there is enough tangible, immediate and accessible evidence. Slippery Donald is stuck in his pipe of high crimes and misdemeanors. There may be even more tangible evidence, once another whistleblower steps up to the plate.

Ssabmud

It would, indeed, take some strange kind of Americans to think that Trump is not in violation of the Constitution and just about every law ever made and worst of all, his Oath of Office as the president. Trump followers appear to hear no evil, see no evil, but speak plenty of evil.

CitrusCo Citizen

His impeachable crime is soliciting help from foreign nations in order to harm his strongest political opponents on upcoming elections. Our taxes--your hard-earned money and mine--paid for that "highest crime."

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