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President William Jefferson Clinton is the third president in our nations history to face the Constitutional threat of impeachment and only the second president to ever be impeached by the United States House of Representatives The House of Representatives impeached Andrew Johnson in 1868 for violating the Tenure of Office Act of 1867 when he tried to oust the Secretary of War Edwin M Stanton Short History Richard M Nixon resigned from the Presidency before he was charged with criminal conspiracy in the Watergate Scandal Short HistoryArticle II Section 4 of the Constitution sets the grounds for impeachment The Constitution states The President Vice President and all other Civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from the office on Impeachment for and conviction of Treason Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors Renstrom 458 The Clinton impeachment trial is unlike the Johnson and Nixon cases because he did not touch off intra-governmental conflicts as did Johnson nor did he take part in a criminal conspiracy as Nixon did Some Democrats question if the Clinton Articles of Impeachment were valid according to the ConstitutionWilliam Clinton began his early political career as many politicians do He was a bright student throughout his years in high school college and finally law school A Rhodes scholar and Yale Law School graduate Clinton seemed to be on the right road to success He served as Arkansas Attorney General and he also served as Governor of that state for 5 terms Clinton revived the Democratic Party and led it to two terms of White House control by winning the presidency Clintons rise to power took a wrong turn when he was accused of sexually harassing a former Arkansas state employee named Paula Jones LA Times Jones first spoke out against Clinton in 1994 but it was not until January of 1998 that the President would have to answer questions in his defense against Jones It was also at this
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