Impeachment An American History

Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, Peter Baker, Jeffrey A. Engel, Fred Sanders

eAudio - 2018

Four experts on the American presidency examine the first three times impeachment has been invoked—against Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton—and explain what it means today.Impeachment is a double-edged sword. Though it was designed to check tyrants, Thomas Jefferson also called impeachment “the most formidable weapon for the purpose of a dominant faction that was ever contrived.” On the one hand, it nullifies the will of voters, the basic foundation of all representative democracies. On the other, its absence from the Constitution would leave the country vulnerable to despotic leadership. It is rarely used, and with good reason. Only three times has a president’s conduct led to such political disarray as to warrant ...his potential removal from office, transforming a political crisis into a constitutional one. None has yet succeeded. Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 for failing to kowtow to congressional...

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English
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Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, Peter Baker, Jeffrey A. Engel, Fred Sanders
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File Size228 GB
Parts9
ISBN9781984841513
Release Date10/16/2018
OverDrive Listen audiobook
File Size228 GB
ISBN9781984841513
Release Date10/16/2018