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The abuse of power has never been welcomed by society whether it is in the workplace or in the government One who misuses their privileges is subject to immediate investigation and eventually prosecution For some government officials the result can be a dismissal from their position for the President however it is known as impeachment 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 To the creators of our Constitution it meant wrongs committed against our system of government The impeachment clause was created to protect Americans from a President who was using his official powers against the nation against the American people and against our society The recent events with President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky have brought the question of impeachment to the surface Clinton lied to his family and his country he had other people lie for him he tampered with evidence and basically abused his power as the President This sort of behavior is appropriately punishable by the Constitution under High Crime and Misdemeanor and is vulnerable to impeachment The perjury and obstruction of justice accusations against Bill Clinton do indeed amount to impeachable offenses In order to gain a better understanding of what high crimes and misdemeanors are we must first review its origin During the Constitutional Convention of 1787 George Mason of Virginia was concerned that the grounds for impeachment were too vague and that treason and bribery wouldnt cover all crimes He thus suggested adding maladministration as another reason for impeachment James Madison agreed with the notion of encompassing more crimes but felt that maladministration would grant Congress the power to merely impeach the President because they felt he was doing a poor job Madison thus suggested High crimes and punishment a well-known term in English law believing that this would cover most violations and
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