Editor: The impeachment clause in our Constitution empowers the House to bring forth impeachment proceedings against the president, vice president, or other civil officers for committing offenses such as treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors — the power to try all impeachment procedures is granted to the United States Senate.

A high crime is a crime that can only be committed by a person in a position of authority and is political in character and who does specific things to circumvent the law—misdemeanor is an ambiguous word and a ‘nonindictable’ offense.

And impeachment is a political process not a judicial one. The Constitution itself contains few details as to how the process really works. It does state the requirements that the House has the sole power to impeach for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors and it does specify that the chief justice presides over the trial in the Senate. A conviction requires a two-thirds majority of Senate members present.

To iterate—the Constitution gives the House the sole power to impeach and it makes the Senate the “sole court” for the trial. Impeachment is limited to removal from office Mr. R. Miller accuses Republicans and Kandy Finfrock of being “untruthful” and wants to ‘set the truth free’; he has no clue about our constitution or the impeachment process. And he compares a police investigation to an impeachment—not even in the same ballpark! I teach a 4 1/2 hour Constitution class sponsored by PACE—Mr. R. Miller, watch for the announcement in January, and plan to attend, It is free! I am sure you like free stuff!

Fred Barber

Lake Havasu City

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HwyRovr

Sorry Fred, but anything given "free" is well worth the price. "Indictment is the act of bringing formal charges against an individual for the commission of a felony. Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. In other words, impeachment is the indictment of a government official."

simon1dog

Bogus dude.

deaton

SORRY Rovr, an “Indictment” is a judicial proceeding where a Prosecutor presents to a “Grand Jury” an “Information” or evidence the meets the “reasonable grounds” level of proof. That the evidence indicates a crime was committed and the person arrested committed that crime. The G. Jury deliberates and issues a “True Bill” of indictment or a No Bill. The U S House of Representatives is not a Grand Jury! It is political body and either issues “Articles of Impeachment” or it doesn’t by a majority vote of the members. As such, impeachment is a “Political Process” Have a nice evening [thumbup][beam] Deaton

VA172

I will go with someone that spent many years in the law enforcement community over one that made his living writing fiction novels. BTW, I believe all you did was agree with what deaton stated anyway. So what are you squawking about?

simon1dog

Thank you Fred! Well spoken sir!

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