Impeached Presidents-USA

Only three Presidents have been formally impeached by Congress in The United States through history. Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and now Donald Trump. No President has ever been removed from office through impeachment. Donald Trump has not yet had the trial in the Senate, but Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson were both acquitted by the Senate at their trials. Richard Nixon left office before the House of Representatives could vote on impeachment.House of Representatives

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

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Andrew Johnson

The impeachment of Andrew Johnson was on February 24, 1868. Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of The United States of America, who took office after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and he was impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors which were detailed in 11 articles of impeachment.

Violation of The Tenure of Office Act-passed by Congress in March 1867, over his veto. Johnson removed The Secretary of War-Edwin M. Stanton (Stanton was protected by the Tenure of Office Act) and attempted to replace him with Brevet Major General Lorenzo Thomas. This all happened while Congress was not in session.

The trial in the senate began three days later, on May 16, the senate failed to convict Johnson on one of the articles with the 35-19 vote in favor of conviction falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority by a single vote. A ten-day recess was called before attempting to convict him on additional articles, however, as on May 26th, it failed to convict the President on two articles both by the same margin after which the trial was adjourned. After the trial, President Johnson agreed to abide by the Tenure Act and complied with the rules that were set out by the senate, and soon after, President Johnson was basically acquitted of the articles set forth to the senate.

The impeachment and trial of Johnson had important political implications for the balance of federal legislative-executive power. It maintained the principle that Congress should not remove the President from office simply because the members disagreed with him over policy style and administration of the office

It also resulted in diminished presidential influence on public policy and overall governing power, fostering a system of governance which Woodrow Wilson referred to in the 1870s as “Congressional Government.”

Impeachment Of Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton

The Impeachment of Bill Clinton was on October 8, 1998, when The United States House of Representatives voted to start impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of The United States of America for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The charges against Clinton were lying under oath and obstruction of justice. The charges stemmed from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Clinton by Paula Jones and from Clinton’s testimony denying that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The Starr report, a September 1998, report prepared by Independent Counsel Ken Starr for House Judiciary Committee.

A trial in the senate began in January 1999, on February 12th, Clinton was acquitted on both counts as neither received the necessary two-thirds majority vote of the senators present for conviction and removal from office in this instance 65. On article one, 45 senators voted to convict while 55 voted for acquittal. On article two 50 voted for conviction and 50 voted for acquittal. Clinton remained in office for the remainder of his second term.

Impeachment of Donald Trump

The Impeachment of Donald J Trump occurred on December 18,2019, he is the 45th President of The United States of America, and the third President to be impeached by The House of Representatives,

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Donald Trump

The two articles of impeachment of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. This impeachment inquiry was done by a formal House Inquiry that found he had solicited foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election to help his re-election bid. Then he obstructed the inquiry itself by telling his administration officials to ignore, subpoenas for documents and testimony. The inquiry reported that Trump withheld military aid and an invitation to The White House to the new Ukranian President. Volodymyr Zelenski in order to influence Ukraine to announce an investigation into Donald Trumps political opponent (Joe Biden) in the up-coming 2020 Presidential election. He also wanted Ukranian President Zelenski to promote a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia was behind interference in the 2016 Presidential election, which of course, Donald Trump won.

Donald Trumps Impeachment trial however has not been scheduled as yet, primarily because The Speaker of The House, (Nancy Pelosi) has not turned the articles of impeachment over to the senate. Nancy Pelosi states that she wants to know the scheduling of any witnesses and or documents that was not given to the Houses Inquiry, so that she can appoint the appropriate managers that will be needed to prosecute the case. This is where we stand now, hold on tight it is going to be a rocky year.

Impeachment Process Of Richard Nixon

An impeachment process against Richard Nixon began in The United States House of Representatives on October 30,1973, following the “Saturday Night Massacre.”

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Richard Nixon

The Watergate Scandal was a major federal political scandal in The United States involving two administrations of the President Richard Nixon from 1972, to 1974,. The scandal stemmed from June 17,1972, break-in of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate Office Building, in Washington D.C.

The Watergate scandal surface in June 1972,, when five men were arrested for breaking into the DNC national headquarters at the Watergate office apartment building in Washington. It was learned that the burglars had been hired by The Committee to re-elect the President. The President soon after the scandal came to fruition and the truth came out-he was urged to resign by his Republican colleagues and some administrations staff, The Republicans at this point knew that he would be impeached and more that likely be removed from office in the senate. The case against Richard Nixon was overwhelming against his innocence and they felt rather that be impeached, he should resign. President Nixon resigned from office soon after on August 8,1974,.

What Is Impeachment-Why Do We Have It

Impeachment is the process by which The House of Representatives, a legislative body, levels changes against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office. It is similar to an indictment in criminal law, and thus it is the statement of charges against the official that is being impeached.

Because impeachment and conviction of officials involve an overturning of the normal constitutional procedure by which individuals achieve high office (election ratification or appointment) and because it generally requires a super majority, they are usually reserved for those deemed to have committed serious abuses of their office. In The United States, for example impeachment at the federal levels is limited to those who may have committed “Treason, Bribery or high crimes and misdemeanors.”

In Conclusion

There has only been three Presidents of The United States of America that have been impeached, they are Andrew Johnson on February 24,1868, Bill Clinton on October 8,1998, and Donald Trump on December 18.2019. Richard Nixon was never impeached, however if he would not of resigned on August 8,1974, he more that likely would’ve been impeached and an overwhelming consensus is that he would’ve been removed from office. It is a wonderful thing that we have here in The United States of America and it is called The Constitution. The three branches of government that take an oath of office to protect and serve The Constitution, this oath to uphold the laws set forth in it.

I have a couple of books through Amazon on each President’s Impeachment, or inquiry into the impeachment of said Presidents, Donald Trump and Richard Nixon. You can tap on link to view these books if interested.

Historic Picture

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All the best,

Bobbi

EMAIL:  bobbi@greatpoliticalbooks.com

14 thoughts on “Impeached Presidents-USA”

  1. Thank you for the awesome post!  I found this very fascinating to say the least.  I always heard that Richard Nixon was impeached, but you are right, he actually resigned before it could happen.  I wonder how things will go with President Donald Trump.  It seems to be a mess right now and I wish it would be over already.  

    1. Thanks Jessie for the comment, I also wish it was over, but I also want the truth, whatever that may be to come out and for the Senators to take this seriously and vote with their heart, they do take oaths to be bi-partisan and that is the way it should be, in my opinion.

  2. Although I think that the law in general is a good thing to have in place, with the way the political landscape is these days with Republicans and Democrats fighting like young children over anything and everything, I think the use of impeachment has become just another political tool for them to use. It doesn’t seem to mean much, since whichever party controls the one side typically doesn’t control the other side, and it just gets thrown out anyways. I think I am not the only one that is just disillusioned in the government and specifically political parties and hopes for a change some day soon.

    1. Thank you Travis for your comment, greatly appreciate your input and it does give everyone a chance to think about politics as a whole, and the behaviors of our elected officials sometimes are childish and sometimes criminal.

  3. It is certainly interesting to think about what would have happened to Richard Nixon if he hadn’t resigned. It was an interesting trip back in history reading this article and I especially remember the Bill Clinton case. I think it was worldwide news at the time.

    It is also a pity that presidents resort to these tactics when they were voted in by the public who trusted them. I know everyone makes mistakes, but some of the mistakes were brazen and criminal, and I think in these cases a new president should come in immediately. That is just my take on the subject.

    1. Thank You Michel for your comment, it does make you wonder if the Nixon ordeal would of went through fruition what would of happened, I think that politicians would be a little bit more reserved on political tactics.

  4. That was really interesting. I had no idea there’s been only 3. 

    I didn’t like when Bill Clinton was impeached. In my opinion, his questionable “love” affairs shouldn’t stain who I think is one of the best presidents United Stated had with all my respect to other’s opinions.

    Excellent article I can wait to read your next one!

    1. Thank You Veronica for your comment, I agree with you that sexual acts, as long as it is not rape of course, should not be grounds for impeachment. 

  5. I learn via your post that there has only been three Presidents of The United States of America that have been impeached, they are Andrew Johnson on February 24,1868, Bill Clinton on October 8,1998, and Donald Trump on December 18.2019. We have a couple of books through Amazon on each President’s Impeachment. We will go with Richard M. Nixon: The Nixon Tapes (Penton Audio)

    1. Thank you Parven, for your opinion and comment, it is a great Penton Audio of Richard Nixon in his own words and should be heard by all Americans at some point in their life.

  6. Hello there I must say that you have done a great job on this article as it has been of help to me and I know it would be of great help to the public.wow I never knew USA has this few numbers of impeachment,but my concern is the Donald Trump impeachment but he still on seat or was it overturned

    1. Thank you Fej ben for your comment, it feels like we have had more impeachments, but  only 3 have been impeached and of course the process for impeachment for Nixon, he resigned before it went further in Congress.

  7. This article was an excellent overview of impeaching American presidents. I’m a political junkie and keep up with these things, so I was already familiar with the issue of impeachment.

    It’s amazing to look at some history. Johnson’s case is not super well-known to the public today (since it was back in the 1800s). But in the cases of Nixon and Clinton, it is still more recent for many people to recall. I was too young to remember Clinton’s impeachment. But taking it all into context today, it’s relevant to the current impeachment proceedings of President Trump.

    I don’t like the current impeachment inquiry on Trump- I don’t think it’s a strong case. I’d rather they look at other issues with the Trump Administration (such as war crimes- the current US-Saudi led genocide in Yemen, the killing of a top Iranian general, etc.). I believe these are much stronger cases for grounds of impeachment. But those are my thoughts.

    Other than that, I enjoyed reading the article. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Eric for your comment, I am also a political junkie and I have mixed feelings about the impeachment and subsequent senate trial of President Trump, I feel the truth is the way to go with either the impeachment and the news of the day on war-crimes, dealing with killing of Iranian general and US-Suadi led genocide in Yemen. Love the outlook that you have and I respect your opinion on the matter.

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