February 28, 2014
Eleven articles of impeachment were brought upon Andrew Johnson. Articles 1-8 involved President Johnson being charged with illegally removing Secretary of War Edward Stanton from office and putting someone else in his place. Article 9 was included because the Command of the Army Act was being violated by a President Johnson. Article 10-11 were for libeling congress through inflammatory and scandalous harangues. Richard Nixon was impeached for 3 articles, including obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of congress. President Nixon was brought up on these charges mostly for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. William Jefferson Clinton was impeached for perjury in two different cases, obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
Article 2 section 4 of the constitution states that "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." What these three Presidents were charged with fit well into that definition. High crimes and misdemeanors can be anything that is illegal or is along the lines of abuse of power. These men were charged with these crimes and perjury.
Andrew Johnson should not have been impeached for all 11 articles that he was charged with. He changed things that Congress did not like and he said things to Congress that he should not have said. But even though he did these things, he should not have impeached. President Andrew Johnson had done things that helped Congress push for impeachment because his views were different from those of Congress and Radicals. President Johnson who was from the south had strong feelings for what going on in the south after the Civil War. Congress after the war started making things easier for blacks by giving them their freedom and other rights that they didn’t have before the war. President Johnson and...