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The Acquittals Abuse of power has never been welcomed by society Whether it is in the home on the job in our schools or in our government society subjects these abuses of power to investigation and prosecution The penalties can be a dismissal from their position court marshal or impeachment for the president According to Article II Section 4 of the Constitution the president shall be removed from the office on impeachment for and conviction of treason bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors As we study American history we see that the saying history repeats itself appears to be true For instance more than 130 years ago our nation faced the same event that recently occurred the impeachment of the president of the United States Although President Andrew Johnson and President Bill Clinton both went through the impeachment process their circumstances surrounding the charges were quite different President Johnson was not elected but became president after Lincolns death President Clintons problems on the other hand were his personal affairs Congress believed that his behavior toward them and the citizens of the United States was unacceptable The processes and trials of Johnson and Clinton are different in their reasons for impeachment the general state of the nation the difference in the people and the styles of running the office of president The reasons for impeachment of Johnson and Clinton are very different President Johnson came into office at one of the most intense periods of our nations history Not only had a great leader just been assassinated but the end of a long tragic war had just come Congress did not think very highly of Johnson or his ideas about the South and slavery Through loss of favor and trust and as punishment for Johnsons many votes Congress voted to impeach him This was just the method they were looking for to remove President Johnson from office President Clinton on the other hand
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