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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 US House of Representatives Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives 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 Nixon resigned from the Presidency before he was charged with criminal conspiracy in the Watergate Scandal Short History Article II Section 4 of the Constitution sets the grounds for impeachment The Constitution states The President the Vice President and all other Civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from 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 any intra-governmental conflicts like Johnson nor did he take part in a criminal conspiracy as Nixon did Some Democrats question if the Clinton Articles of Impeachment are valid according to Article II Section 4 of the Constitution William 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 Governor of the state for five terms Clinton revived the Democratic Party and led it to two terms of White House control through the presidency However 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 wasnt until January of 1998 that the president would have to answer questions in his defense against Jones It was also
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