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3 Presidents, 3 Public Impeachments

Nixon, Clinton, and now Trump. This is how the story impeachment story repeats itself.

The Founders of the Constitution intentionally made it difficult for Congress to remove a sitting president

Only two U.S. presidents have been formally impeached by Congress—Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton—and no U.S. president has ever been removed from office through impeachment. In addition to Johnson and Clinton, only two other U.S. presidents have faced formal impeachment inquiries in the House of Representatives: Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. Many other presidents have been threatened with impeachment by political foes without gaining any real traction in Congress. 3 presidents, 3 impeachments playing out on national television with striking similarities.

The authors of the Constitution intentionally made it difficult for Congress to remove a sitting president. The impeachment process starts in the House of Representatives with a formal impeachment inquiry. If the House Judiciary Committee finds sufficient grounds, its members write and pass articles of impeachment, which then go to the full House for a vote. A simple majority in the House is all that’s needed to formally impeach a president. But that doesn’t mean he or she is out of a job. The final stage is the Senate impeachment trial. Only if two-thirds of the Senate find the president guilty of the crimes laid out in the articles of impeachment is the POTUS removed from office. Although Congress has impeached and removed eight federal officials—all federal judges—no president has ever been found guilty during a Senate impeachment trial. Andrew Johnson came awfully close, though; he barely escaped a guilty verdict by one vote.

Clinton was plagued by legal troubles and scandals from the moment he entered the White House. In 1993, Clinton and his First Lady, Hillary, were the subject of a Justice Department investigation into the so-called Whitewater controversy, a botched business deal from their days in Arkansas. And in 1994, Clinton was sued for sexual harassment by Paula Jones, who claimed Clinton exposed himself to her in a hotel room in 1991. Interestingly, it was a combination of both legal cases that would ultimately lead to Clinton’s impeachment. Independent counsel Kenneth Starr was appointed by the Justice Department to investigate the Whitewater affair, but he couldn’t find any impeachable evidence. Meanwhile, lawyers for Jones got a tip that Clinton had an affair with a 21-year-old White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, a claim that both Lewinsky and Clinton denied under oath.

Starr switched the focus of his investigation when he received 20 hours of taped phone conversations between Lewinsky and Linda Tripp, a former White House colleague, in which Lewinsky alludes to the affair. Starr then got the FBI to fit Tripp with a wire to meet with Lewinsky at a Ritz-Carlton hotel outside Washington, DC, when Lewinsky again admitted to a sexual relationship with the president. When the story went public, Clinton was forced to address the accusations on national television according to History.com

Brut.

11/15/2019 12:57 PM
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  • Michael L.
    05/14/2020 20:27

    Three low form of scum

  • Hannes H.
    01/11/2020 19:39

    Trump 2020.

  • Jana I.
    01/01/2020 07:30

    Clinton lied under oath, Nixon covered up a criminal act by his reelection committee. Both are crimes. Trump has committed no crime

  • Scott S.
    01/01/2020 06:33

    Only difference here Brut, is President Trump is not lying nor has he been convicted of such.

  • Robby J.
    01/01/2020 03:58

    Trumps not gonna get impeached! Fact

  • Walter L.
    01/01/2020 01:19

    What impeachment? Nancy stole the evidence lol

  • Roland M.
    01/01/2020 00:52

    The first two were liars. Trump is not. KAG 2020

  • Ree C.
    12/31/2019 22:07

    Well let's see Nixon they had the tapes. Guilt... Clinton they has dress. Guilty.... Trump they have the letter. No high crimes or misdemeanors. Not guilty. That's the difference between the impeachment. Not to mention we all know that the Democrats started impeachment the day President Trump was sworn in. We've all been through the collusion illusion. The Kavanaugh hearing illusion. Now the Democrats are holding back the impeachment. President Trump has not been impeached. So he shouldn't be compared to these presidents. The articles of impeachment never made it to the Senate. The end

  • Rick T.
    12/31/2019 20:21

    But it has NOT repeated itself as this generation of Democrats are nothing more than desperate LIARS and it shows in everything they say and do.

  • Chris K.
    12/31/2019 16:39

    No one can still provide any information on what crime he actually committed LMFAO if they were so confident they would have already handed over the articles of impeachment to the Senate

  • Lawrence D.
    12/31/2019 13:28

    Nixon wasn't impeached.

  • Robert K.
    12/31/2019 13:02

    F--K YOU BRUT WHO'S PAYING YOU OFF

  • Bob P.
    12/31/2019 11:38

    Nixon was never impeached

  • Sager J.
    12/31/2019 07:43

    There was evidence on the two prior presidents. Trump is just he say, she say circus.

  • Anita J.
    12/31/2019 07:22

    This me laughing and looking at trump supporters!!😂

  • Eric P.
    12/31/2019 05:45

    Associating an innocent man with others who are guilty does not make the innocent man guilty. What it does make is a very shameful journalistic fantasy. This "news outlet" should be ashamed of themselves for this cowardly attempt to smear President Trump.

  • Daniel U.
    12/31/2019 04:48

    The differance being only two of these were actual crimes

  • Nathan M.
    12/31/2019 04:26

    In not common.. think i saw Trump talking himself and not lawyers and wut not

  • Larry G.
    12/31/2019 01:52

    Trump did not commit a real crime, the other two committed felonies. And there is no such a thing as obstruction of congress Trump used his executive privilege rights that all other presidents have used. Democrats could have gone to court but chose not to and now they want the senate to do their work for them, thats BS

  • Willie M.
    12/31/2019 01:27

    Nixon was never Impeached, Clinton lied to congress, Trump did nothing wrong. Fact check yourself