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Lesson 22: How Does Congress Perform Its Functions in the American Constitutional System?

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Articles of Impeachment Against William J. Clinton

From Wikipedia: President Bill Clinton, was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998. The House drafted a total of four articles of impeachment related to the Paula Jones lawsuit and Monica Lewinsky scandal. It was only the second impeachment of a president in American history, following the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in 1868.

Link: http://tinyurl.com/hhkk

Contract with America

An agenda to reform many aspects of American national government championed by Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Link: https://bit.ly/2wiUCzb

Impeachment Proceedings of Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 after removing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton from office and replacing him with Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas in violation of the Tenure of Office Act, a law that limited the president's ability to remove or appoint cabinet members without Senate approval. Johnson was charged with 11 articles of impeachment but was acquitted in the Senate.

Link: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/johnson.asp

Proposed Articles of Impeachment Against Richard Nixon

After the 1972-1973 Watergate scandal, articles of impeachment were drafted in 1974 against President Nixon. He resigned before the articles were enacted.

Link: http://watergate.info/impeachment/impeachment-articles.shtml

United States Constitution

The supreme law of the United States that provides the framework for the government. The Constitution outlines the nation's institutions of government and the most important rights of the people. The document was created in 1787 during the Philadelphia Convention. The government created by the Constitution took effect on March 4, 1789.

Link: http://civiced.org/constitution