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Impeachable offenses : a documentary history from 1787 to the present
Van Tassel, Emily Field.
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Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, [1999]

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x, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The framers' understanding of impeachment -- The scope of impeachable offenses: some recurring issues -- Judges, legislators, and cabinet officials: offenses subject to impeachment or censure -- Congressional impeachment -- Judicial impeachment -- Judicial censure -- Impeachment of cabinet officials -- The president: offenses subject to impeachment or censure -- Presidential censure -- Presidential impeachment -- Impeachment in the courts.
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This title is the only book on the topic that includes the major primary sources for evaluation of what has and has not constituted an impeachable offense, including the documents on the investigation of President Clinton as they bear on impeachment. Impeachable Offenses presents the historical proceedings and precedents for impeachment in the U.S., leading up to the current investigation of President Clinton. Focusing on providing a clear understanding of what the Constitution says about impeachment and how its terms have been applied throughout our history, Impeachable Offenses gives readers the perspective they need to make informed decisions. In an easy-to-read style packed with fascinating detail, Impeachable Offenses explores the frequency and reasons impeachment articles have and have not emerged from House investigations in the past 200 years, allowing readers to form their own conclusions on the current case based on the historical record. Impeachable Offenses includes the historical detail and documents on each of the 16 times articles of impeachment have been drawn up, plus the outcome of those investigations that did not lead to impeachment. Impeachable Offenses also includes the entire catalog of potentially impeachable offenses in the Starr Report, the impeachment-related clauses from the Constitution, and a discussion of the Senate's trial procedures.

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Law professors Field Van Tassel (Case Western Reserve Univ.) and Finkelman (Univ. of Akron) have provided in one well-organized, readable reference volume a thorough documentary survey and history of federal impeachment proceedings and precedents since the nation's founding. Coverage extends to November 1998 when the House of Representatives began considering formal impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton. Following a brief introduction in which the authors review the purpose, procedure, major issues, and history of impeachment, the remainder of the book presents original documents introduced with succinct, informative sketches that place them in historical, legal, and political context. These begin with relevant constitutional passages and the Framers' explication of impeachment in the writings of Madison and The Federalist Papers. The bulk of the book then provides a documentary review of the scope of impeachable offenses, impeachment proceedings against individual judges, legislators, cabinet officials, and presidents, and court rulings bearing on the use of impeachment. This useful, timely reference volume concludes with a brief, well-chosen bibliography and a handy index. Recommended at all levels. T. Fackler University of Nevada, Las Vegas