The growing case for impeachment of Obama What constitutional experts say about high crimes, misdemeanors
should Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States, be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors?
It’s not a question yet being asked or debated in the Big Media. But
it is a question being addressed by some members of Congress, by an
increasing number of pundits by activists on the left and the right –
and for more than one or two alleged constitutional offenses.
Some of those who have broached the subject include Reps. Trent
Franks, R-Ariz.; Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Trey Radel, R-Fla.; Steve
Stockman; former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; former Rep. Dennis Kucinich,
D-Ohio; Fox News’ Mike Huckabee; former assistant U.S. attorney Andrew
McCarthy; left-leaning investigative reporter Dave Lindorff; talk-radio
host Mark Levin; former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt
Gingrich; author and columnist Pat Buchanan and others.
Article II, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution
states, “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.”
The U.S. House of Representatives has the power to commence
impeachment proceedings. If the House adopts an impeachment resolution,
the U.S. Senate conducts a trial and determines whether to convict or
acquit. If an official is convicted, he or she is removed from the
position and may be barred from holding office again. The official may
also face criminal prosecution.
Only two U.S. president have been impeached by the House: Andrew
Johnson and Bill Clinton. However, both presidents were acquitted in the
Senate. President Richard Nixon resigned before the full House had
voted on his impeachment.
This powerful legislative check on executive and judicial wrongdoing
is reserved for the most egregious offenses against the U.S.
Constitution and the republic.
During the debates of the Constitutional
Convention in 1787, James Madison explained the requirement for
impeachment: “[S]ome provision should be made for defending the
community against the incapacity, negligence, or perfidy of the chief
magistrate. He might pervert his administration into a scheme of
peculation or oppression. He might betray his trust to foreign powers.”
In the Federalist Papers (No. 65), Alexander Hamilton wrote that a president should be impeached for “offenses
which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or in other words,
from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature
which may with peculiar propriety be denominated political, as they
relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to society itself.”
WND assembled a bipartisan panel of top constitutional experts to evaluate 12 popular arguments for impeaching Obama.
See Votes by State
News & Politics