The Partisan Nature Of Impeachment

Johnston Jr., William E.
February 1974
New Republic;2/16/74, Vol. 170 Issue 7, p19
Focuses on the political nature of impeachment in the U.S. Distinction between politics and partisanship; Need to secure the public good and private rights; Information that the process of impeachment properly regulates partisanship for constitutional ends; Comments of politician Alexander Hamilton that impeachments are against those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust; Controversies raising the question of impeachment arise from a partisan activity; Definition that the impeachment process is the means provided by the Constitution by which partisanship is harnessed to punish unrestrained partisanship; Incapability of the U.S. Supreme Court to provide necessary response to and resolution about the partisan essentials of the process due to the Court's exclusively judicial character.


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