The Impeachment Trial

There comes a time when the actions of a sitting president make it necessary for the Congress to act to impeach the person for the good of the country.

Good God…..Do not get your pants in a twist….this is not about some Trump crap…this is a history of the impeachment trial of Pres. Andrew Johnson…

In May, 1868, the Senate came within a single vote of taking the unprecedented step of removing a president from office.  Although the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson was ostensibly about a violation of the Tenure of Office Act, it was about much more than that.  Also on trial in 1868 were Johnson’s lenient policies towards Reconstruction and his vetoes of the Freedmen’s Bureau Act and the Civil Rights Act.  The trial was, above all else, a political trial.

Andrew Johnson was a lifelong Democrat and slave owner who won a place alongside Abraham Lincoln on the 1864 Republican ticket in order to gain the support of pro-war Democrats.  Johnson was fiercely pro-Union and had come to national prominence when, as a Senator from the important border state of Tennessee, he denounced secession as “treason.”

On April 11, 1865, Abraham Lincoln gave his last major address.  Lincoln congratulated Lee on his surrender, announced that his cabinet was united on a policy of reconstructing the Union, and expressed the hope that the states of the confederacy would extend the vote to literate negroes and those who served as Union soldiers.  Then came the tragic events at the Ford Theater.

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/impeach/imp_account2.html

History is fascinating……learn something today!

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