Controlling Administrations you don't like
jfnbl at earthlink.com
Sat Nov 5 13:58:50 PST 2005
Is there such a thing as a "standard"? If Clinton was impeached under
the Military Code for conduct unbecoming an officer and the Senate
convicted, that would set a standard. If Bush was impeached for
criminal negligence and criminal mischief in the alternative, and was
convicted of either, that would set another standard. Is there a
higher authority than the Senate?
At 3:35 PM -0600 11/5/05, Sanford Levinson wrote:
>As a matter of constitutional law, the President can be impeached if he has
>committed an "offense against the commonwealth," which is the Framers'
>understanding of a high crime and misdemeanor. I agree with Eugene that
>the standard has yet to be met.
>1. I think this is the right standard.
>2. Scott (and anyone else): Do you think the standard was met with
>Clinton? (I think that a reasonable person could certainly think
>so. So then the question is what precisely distinguishes Clinton's
>mendacity from the mendacity of the Bush Administration with regard
>to the Iraq War?)
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