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U.S. Constitution, Impeachment Provisions
One of the most important provisions our Founders created in the Constitution is that
regarding impeachment. It was intended to protect the citizens of the United States from
corruption and abuse of power from those in high office. Though impeachment proceedings
have been rare in our nation's history, the numerous crimes and wrongdoings of the Clinton
White House clearly constitute impeachable offenses under the constitution.
Article I, Section II
The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall
have the sole Power of Impeachment.
Article I, Section III
The Senate shall have the sole power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that
Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is
tried, the Chief Justice shall preside. And no person shall be convicted without the
concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Article II, Section IV
Judgment in Case of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office,
and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust, or Profit under the
United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to
Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
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.
Article III, Section III
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or,
in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No person shall be convicted of
Treason unless on the Testimony of two witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession
in open Court.
The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of treason, but no Attainder of
Treason shall work Corrpution of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person