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More than 130 years ago our nation faced the same thing that it faces now- the impeachment of the President of the United States President Andrew Johnson faced the same ordeal that President Clinton is now facing Although both men went through the same process their circumstances were quite different President Johnson who was not elected but rather became president after Lincolns death was virtually hated by the members of Congress The Radicals Republicans of that time were just looking for a way to get Johnson out office President Clintons problem on the other hand is his personal affairs Congress believes that his behavior towards them and the citizens of the United States is unacceptable The processes and trials of Johnson and Clinton are different in the reasons for impeachment the general state of the nation and people and the differing styles of running the office of president The reasons for impeachment of Johnson and Clinton were very different President Johnson came into office at an incredibly turbulent time Not only had a great leader just been assassinated but the end of a long war had just come Congress did not think very highly of Johnson or his ideas about the South and slavery To respond to Johnsons many vetoes Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act and the Command of Army Act They then voted to impeach the president President Clinton on the other hand was impeached because of perjury and the obstruction of justice The whole issue of his relations with Monica Lewinsky and the fact that he did not tell the whole truth is basically what brought about his charges There were also charges that he informed Ms Lewinsky to lie about their contacts under oath Clintons perjury account is that he made perjurious false and misleading statements to a federal grand jury about the nature and details of his relationship with Lewinsky Although the two men seem to face similar situations
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